Target: US Department of Education
Goal: Reinstate national exams in Civics, US History, and Geography
National exams in Civics, US History, and Geography are being postponed indefinitely. The US Department of Education has decided that its 4,700 employees and its Technology and Engineering Literacy- Can you use the internet?- is more important than the education of this country’s future citizens in how to be a proper citizen. Please sign this petition if you understand that knowing our history and our location – Cutting Geography? Really? – is more important than having an accurate measure of how many kids can use the internet.
The Department of Defense has cut 85% of its employees in order to preserve its programs. Apparently, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, NAEP, lost $6.8 million due to the sequestration, but their new Technology program is an unnecessary multimillion dollar internet literacy test. Get rid of that before you start cutting back on America’s education.
Unlike reading and math, Civics, Government, and Geography are becoming “optional” classes. How can America be expected to trust its future to kids who don’t know what the Bill of Rights is? What about the Constitution? “In 2006, 72 percent of 12th-graders said they studied the Constitution; the rate fell to 67 percent in 2010.” Declaration of Independence? Can you imagine a future where names like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson don’t ring any bells?
The fact is the US Department of Education has made a grievous misjudgment. Please sign this petition. America needs you, too.
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Dear Secretary of Education Arne Duncan,
I love my country, and I want it to grow to be even more beautiful and strong than it is today, but a country is only as good as its people. Therefore, if we don’t educate America’s students this country will weaken. Thomas Jefferson knew this, but this is much more George Orwellian.
In Orwell’s 1984, the people were kept dumb and complacent so the ruling class could control them without any problems. America’s children need to know that they have rights. They need to know how this government works so that they can one day be a part of it or oppose it, as is their right to do so should circumstances deem it an appropriate and necessary course of action.
Cut employers, cut the Technology and Engineering Literacy Test, we’ve gone two-hundred years without and we don’t need it now, but this country is built on the foundations of government. Please convince your peers to reinstate the national exams.
[Your Name Here]
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