8th Graders Nationwide Flunk Civics: Debate Can Help Defend Democracy
Dallas, TX -- Just 23% of U.S. eighth-graders are “proficient” or above in knowledge of American civics, according to the “Nation’s Report Card,” released this week by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
A 2010 study out of the University of Central Florida found that 74% of middle school students report that they dislike social studies class due to the emphasis on reading from the textbook, rote memorization, and note-taking.
A proven method for exciting students about civic is competitive debate. Numerous university
studies have demonstrated that debaters out-perform in grades, test scores, reading level, critical thinking skills, understanding of controversial issues, and enthusiasm for learning.
Through its Debate Central program, the National Center for Policy Analysis provides teachers and students with the resources necessary to launch new debate programs, as well as to sustain existing ones, all at no charge.
Every day, more than 2,200 American students visit the Debate Central website for research tips, starter packets for each new topic, individualized eedback, and more. Everything Debate Central does is completely free for all teachers, students, or anyone else who might be interested.