K-12 students' knowledge of U.S. history is lagging behind any other subject. According to the results of the national assessment program, also known as the Nation's Report Card, U.S. History is at the bottom of the ranks, with the lowest percentage of students scoring "proficient" as compared to the other subjects that were tested: math, reading, science, writing, civics, geography, and economics.
The most alarming conclusion of the results is that students are not simply forgetting dates of important events in our history; many students are not able to understand the significance of important events like the Brown v. Board of Education US Supreme Court decision.
Feeling like you need to brush up on your own history knowledge? Check out the new FableVision produced virtual tour of the Leventhal Map Center's exhibit: Torn in Two!
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