Wed, Jun 15, 2011 -- 9:00 AM

The Nation's Report Card: An F in History

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The National Assessment of Educational Progress has released a report showing that the vast majority of students scored below "proficiency" in American history, with many fourth graders failing to recognize a picture of Abraham Lincoln. Critics say history has been shortchanged due to No Child Left Behind and its focus on math and reading scores. How important is a history education?

Host: Michael Krasny


  • Cliff Baker, 8th grade American history teacher at St Paul's Episcopal School in Oakland
  • Cornelia Orr, executive director, National Assessment Governing Board
  • Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at New York University; former assistant secretary of education in President George H.W. Bush's administration
  • Don Schwartz, head of the California Council for History Education, a statewide organization to promote and enhance the teaching of history from kindergarten through university.

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