EPPC’s History and Civics Education Initiative, directed by EPPC Senior Fellow (and former head of the National Endowment for the Humanities) Bruce Cole, addresses the problem of history and civic illiteracy among K-12 students. Numerous studies reveal that the current generation of students does not have a basic knowledge or understanding of the ideals and ideas that inspired the American Founding. This ignorance presents a serious risk to our country. If we cannot define the ideas and ideals of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, how can we defend them? As President Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”
Through the History and Civics Education Initiative, we will analyze the results of the many recent studies of this problem, consult with leading authorities in the field, and develop a comprehensive report outlining the steps that must be taken to improve history and civics education. We will strive to strengthen policy standards, enhance teacher training, and improve the quality of textbooks.
Jessica Brunelle, Project Coordinator
Bursting the Hirshhorn’s Bubble
A former Hirshhorn director’s ill-advised attempt to install an inflatable bubble atop the museum has damaged the institution’s reputation and its financial standing. Read More.
Stilling the Pulse of Time
The stark, somber, unadorned form of the Cenotaph is a fitting memorial to Britain’s World War I dead. Read More.
The Sunken Treasures of the Arabia
The steamboat Arabia sank in 1856 near Kansas City, and it lay buried in the mud until it was unearthed in 1988. Its 220 tons of perfectly preserved cargo are now on display in a remarkable museum. Read More.