In generations past, a major focus of grade school education dealt with civics — with an emphasis on the Constitution and other documents that dictate how America’s government was designed to operate.
As ideological shifts in the national culture played out in the public school system, though, these courses have been gutted, discontinued or replaced with revisionist history lessons. Conservative lawmakers in states across the U.S. are taking notice and attempting to remedy what they see as a clear deficiency in the education of America’s next generation.
Last year, Arizona became the first state to require graduating high school seniors earn a passing grade on the same test taken by immigrants before becoming American citizens.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley this week signed a bill that will require high school students in her state to pass a yearlong course on the nation’s founders and the principles on which they established the United States.
Republican State Rep. Chip Huggins, a proponent of the South Carolina Founding Principles Act, explained that he has been “worried about the erosion away from our foundation,” expressing hope the new law will help students “get back to the basics.”