Civics is Alive and Well in American High Schools

| Mon Sep. 24, 2012 10:32 AM EDT

Tom Edsall quotes some guy complaining that people are stupid these days because high schools don't teach civics anymore. "The students don’t know about civics, they don’t know about our history, our government, our constitution. Politicians say they are going to give people things for free to get elected." Atrios comments:

It's certainly possible it's true in some sense, in that there's no course of study actually called "civics" but it'd be nice if Edsall provided some judgment about whether this guy is just mainlining Limbaugh or if he has an actual point.

Say what? No course of study called civics? I took senior-year civics from Mr. Avis back in 1976 because I had to if I wanted to graduate, and the California minimum course requirements continue to include "a one-semester course in American government and civics." Ditto for Pennsylvania. Here's a PDF describing the civics requirement in detail for all grades, including high school.

Looks to me like civics is alive and well, and continues to be called "civics." So what's the problem?