SB 132: Civics Education

 

Bill Status

Awaiting a hearing in the House.


Bill History


 

 

Executive Summary

SB 132 would make it mandatory for all Indiana high school students to pass the The United States Civics Test prepared by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services before they will be allowed to graduate from an Indiana public high school.

 

Analysis

According to the Pew Research Center, only about one-third of Americans can name the three branches of government, much less say what each does.  Without a basic understanding by citizens of our nations history and the makeup of our government we the people lose our ability to hold up our end of the bargain when it comes to self-government. 

As this video shows, there is a growing ignorance to these foundational principles that threatens our nation to its very core.

 

Conclusion

The Indiana General Assembly is pressed with setting public policy for the State of Indiana.  It cannot and should not micromanage every detail of curriculum within the schools it oversees.  However, encouraging schools to emphasize the Founding Documents of our nation when US History is being taught is greatly needed and strikes the correct balance of showing the leadership needed to set broad public policy while simultaneously not micromanaging how those key principles are implemented.  We must make civic education a greater priority within high schools throughout Indiana.  

IFI supports SB 132.