Studying history is no assurance of engagement

Everyone is up in arms because only 22 percent of eight-graders were proficient in civics on the latest NAEP (“Why it matters if students don’t know U.S. history,” Los Angeles Times, May 15). They believe the lack of knowledge means our democracy can’t function.

I disagree.  What students are learning today about American history is indoctrination – not education.  As a result, I seriously doubt if subjecting them to more study will make them better citizens.  The truth is that the U.S. is a democracy in name only.  In realit, it is an oligarchy.

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