Reasons I’m voting for Rebecca Kleefisch on August 9, #23: Civics


In June of 2021 The Fordham Institute released its latest review of the civics and U.S. history standards of the fifty states and the District of Columbia.  It stated:

Sadly, far too many young (and not-so-young) Americans have only the haziest grasp of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are essential to informed citizenship, in part because for decades now we have systematically failed to impart them to our children. Culpability for that failure goes far beyond our formal education system, to be sure, but a considerable portion of it does belong there: on our schools, our school systems, and our state K–12 systems.

Wisconsin received an “F” grade. Back to the review:

With few exceptions, Wisconsin’s standards for civics are too vague and broad to provide educators or other stakeholders with useful direction. Like the civics standards, the Wisconsin history standards are problematically vague and underdeveloped, offering no content guidance beyond bare lists of historical eras.

Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law requiring students graduating from high school take a civics test comprised of 100 questions that are identical to the 100 questions that may be asked of an individual during the process of applying for U.S. citizenship. A student  must correctly answer at least 65 of those questions. However, too many schools have not actually changed their curriculum to prepare their students to pass the citizenship exam. Rebecca wants to ensure that civics education standards in Wisconsin are strengthened.


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