According to two recent studies, American civics education is in a sad state:
- Only 37 percent of Americans surveyed could name even one right they enjoy under the First Amendment.
- Only 14 percent of respondents knew about the freedom of the press.
- Only 33 percent of those surveyed could name any of the three branches of government.
An excellent antidote to this kind of civic ignorance for schools is A Concise History of the American Republic, by Henry Steele Commager, Samuel Eliot Morison, and William E Leuchtenburg, a college text that can be used in high school. It is written by real scholars who are also good writers.