America’s knowledge of civics is bad and getting worse.

Experts are worried about the state of civics education in America. A few examples …

In 2016, the Annenberg Public Policy Center found only 26 percent of Americans could name all three branches of government, a big drop from 38 percent in 2011.

There are 45 Advanced Placement tests for high school students. In 2016, the average U.S. government test score ranked 41st. …

“If we are a country that’s not united by any particular racial identity, not united by any particular religious identity, not united by any particular ancestral identity, what is it that unites us?” asks Professor Justin Dyer, executive director of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy. “This is the challenge of civic education.”

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