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THE MANHATTAN INSTITUTE & THE GILDER LEHRMAN INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN HISTORY


MAKING AMERICANS:

CIVIC EDUCATION AND THE COMMON CORE


Tune in on Monday, November 11th, 2013 at 6:30 PM ET


INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

Lesley Herrmann, Executive Director, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Sol Stern, Contributing Editor, City Journal

CONVERSATION AND Q&A

Tim Bailey, Director, Teaching Literacy Through History Program, Gilder Lehrman Institute
Lynne Munson, President & Executive Director, Common Core
Robert Pondiscio, Executive Director, CitizenshipFirst, an initiative of Democracy Prep
Juan Rangel, Chief Executive Officer, United Neighborhood Organization
Stefanie Sanford, Chief of Global Policy & Advocacy, The College Board
Moderator: Sol Stern, Contributing Editor, City Journal

This November marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, the most eloquent speech in American history and probably the most essential document with regard to understanding the nation’s continued struggle to live up to its founding ideals. Sadly, most high-school students are unacquainted with the Gettysburg Address. Many cannot even identify the century in which the Civil War was fought.

Student scores in U.S. history and civics have seen decades of decline. In the most recent national testing, 35 percent of American eighth graders tested proficient in math and 34 percent were proficient in both reading and science, but only 18 percent were proficient in U.S. history. Another study showed that the majority of high-school seniors could not pass the test immigrants take to become U.S. citizens.

What are the causes of this decline in civic knowledge? How can they be rectified? What role can the new Common Core State Standards play? These and other important questions will be addressed by a distinguished panel of experts and practitioners who are actively working to improve students’ civic engagement and knowledge of U.S. history.

This event will fittingly and purposefully take place on Veterans Day. The Manhattan Institute and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History hope you can join us for a discussion of how to improve students’ knowledge of American history—and the sacrifices that have been made on the nation’s behalf.

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