The National Assessment of Educational Progress has released a report showing that the vast majority of students scored below “proficiency” in American history, with many fourth graders failing to recognize a picture of Abraham Lincoln. Critics say history has been shortchanged due to No Child Left Behind and its focus on math and reading scores. How important is a history education?
Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at New York University; former assistant secretary of education in President George H.W. Bush's administration
Don Schwartz, head of the California Council for History Education, a statewide organization to promote and enhance the teaching of history from kindergarten through university.
Cornelia Orr, executive director, National Assessment Governing Board
Cliff Baker, 8th grade American history teacher at St Paul's Episcopal School in Oakland