Prof. Eric Lane Says We Badly Need to Put Civic Education Back at the Top of the Education Agenda

Eric Lane, Dean and Eric J. Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Public Service

Study/Survey: New Yorkers Lack Civic Knowledge
By Dave Lucas
May 12, 2011


Eric Lane, Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School and Senior Fellow at the Brennan Center, co-authored the study.

The report card notes that civic literacy has been declining across the nation and state education policies have increasingly focused on improving performance in math and language arts. In New York, the state Board of Regents recently decided to drop 4th and 8th grade social studies assessment tests, along with possible plans to make 11th grade social studies assessments optional.

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