Heartland Research Fellow and Editor of School Reform News, Joy Pullmann was joined by Robert Pondiscio, Executive Director of Citizenship First to discuss solutions to a major problem in the United States today. The problem is that the vast majority of students in America graduate civically illiterate. As the speakers point out, in a country that has a system of self-government, civic literacy is essential to the survival of the United States as we know it.
Mr. Pondiscio spoke about Citizenship First, which “aims to remind educators, policymakers and all Americans that the founding purpose of education was to prepare our nation’s young people for self-government—and that restoring the civic mission of education must be an urgent national priority.” This enlightening conversation went on to highlight the effects of civic illiteracy, as well as movements to reverse these disturbing trends. Most importantly, Ms. Pullmann and Mr. Pondiscio traded ideas about how to better-educate American school children on American Civics.