Massachusetts needs to revive U.S. History instruction!
Hover over these pictures to learn just how much our students don’t know.
In 2010, most 4th graders
did not know one reason why Abraham Lincoln was important.
Just a third of 8th graders
could name a single advantage the Patriots had in the Revolutionary War.
98% of graduating seniors
could not explain the central issue of Brown v. Board of Education.
MA students should know the importance of the history that surrounds them.
If U.S. history is not tested, it will not be taught.
MA should keep its 2006 promise to add history to the MCAS test.
A Common Sense of U.S. history is essential for engaging future generations with American social, economic, and civic life.
A recent poll of 500 representative MA residents shows broad support for the U.S. history test in every category.