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The decline of civic education and the liberal arts

July 24, 2014

Higher education faces many problems today, but one of the most serious problems is the decline in traditional liberal arts curriculum. This is especially true when examining the alarming crisis in civic education. Anne D. Neal, President of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), recently described this trend when she wrote: "Surveys, including those from elite institutions, show that college graduates are woefully ignorant when it comes to both fundamental academic skills and to the very basics of citizenship. They don't know the term lengths of members of Congress, and they can't even identify the general at the Battle of Yorktown or the father of the United States Constitution."



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