Preserving our constitutional freedoms requires each generation of citizens to understand the Constitution’s purposes and principles. Correspondingly, ignorance of the Constitution represents a threat to our constitutional freedoms. Hillsdale College requires its students to complete a one-semester course on the Constitution. Through its Barney Charter School Initiative, Hillsdale is helping launch and providing guidance to classical K-12 charter schools nationwide—all of which provide their students a proper understanding of American history and government. Today, we are asking you what you think of the quality of civics education in your state and community. Feedback from its friends nationwide will help Hillsdale shape its strategy as it expands its educational outreach to millions more Americans.

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The Crisis in American Education

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* QUESTION #1: Overall, how important is it for young Americans to obtain a basic knowledge of American history and government, including the Constitution?

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* QUESTION #2: In general, do you think that American K-12 schools, colleges, and universities are presenting their students a full, honest, and balanced account of American history and government in an atmosphere open to different viewpoints?

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* QUESTION #3: To what extent do you think our colleges and universities suffer from a left-wing bias in their presentation of American history and government?

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* QUESTION #4: Are you concerned that political correctness negatively influences what young Americans are learning?

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* QUESTION #5: Do you support Hillsdaleā€™s policy of requiring its students to complete a course specifically on the Constitution, in addition to required American history courses?

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