From True News From Change NYC.org:
You're taught as a kid that those that do not understand history...are forced to repeat its mistakes. If anyone has talked to someone under 30 recently, you know that the education system has left them without the basic understanding of American history among other things. Add that to the high number of immigrants who only understand the American history they were forced to learn to become Americans, the question to ask is "Who will learn about the Americans like George Washington who built this country and the major mistakes we made like slavery and isolation of an entire race during WWII?"
If we want the American culture to continue we must pass it down to each new generation. Without the focus of a regent test on history, schools will continue to cut the teaching of American history.
Social studies 'ex'ams Regents eye axing test - The annual history and civics exams given to public-school students in grades 5 and 8 are set to fall victim next week to state Education Department's budget cuts (NYP)