Ahl believes civics often gets pushed aside in pursuit of other subjects – those that students are tested on, to meet graduation requirements.
“There’s no test that kids have to pass to graduate saying they know anything at all about their government. That shoves it out of the way, because more time needs to be concentrated on these other subjects.”
Ahl says kids learn about the federal government in U.S. History, which is required. They also take Washington State History, but most often it is taught in middle school, and the focus isn’t on civics.
When the State Board of Education meets on Wednesday, the half-credit civics requirement will be among the topics to be discussed. The meeting will be held at Puget Sound ESD, 800 Oakesdale Ave., Renton.