Students & Parents | Historical Literacy

Losing America’s Memory

Historical Illiteracy in the 21st Century
February 1, 2000 by Anne D. Neal and Jerry L. Martin Download PDF Press Release

This stunning report reveals 81% of seniors from the top 55 U.S. colleges and universities failed a high school level history exam; even worse, that none of the institutions surveyed requires a course in American history, and three-quarters require no history at all. The report inspired Congress to pass a joint resolution calling for a national response and the Education Leadership Council to adopt a resolution to address America’s historical amnesia. Over 800 news stories reported on the study.


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