Speaking of lousy schools: Last year, only 13% of eighth graders met proficiency standards for explaining U.S. history. Only a fifth of students scored at or above the proficient level in civics, or explaining our government and policy structures. Those are the lowest levels ever recorded.
Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has a simple idea on how to reverse those dismal test scores:
“Every high school senior who graduates from high school should be required to pass the same civics test required of every immigrant who becomes a naturalized citizen in this country. Young people don’t value a country they just inherit. They value a country they have a stake in knowing something about,” he told Fox News last week. “We will have to ask ourselves how our kids’ generation will once again be proud of the greatest country known to mankind that’s the United States of America.”