For years, students have been required to take a state-approved civics test once in grades 4-8 and once in grades 9-12, but have not been required by the state to pass one until changes made by the General Assembly this year.
According to the state Department of Education, students are tested on public policy, the structure of federal, state and local governments and the U.S. and Tennessee constitutions.
All of those lessons are extremely important for young citizens to know. How can you expect to fully recognize the responsibilities and benefits of citizenship if you don't know what your rights are or how the government works?
This week, we'd like to know what lessons you believe most important for students learning social studies and civics. So tell us, what should our students learn about civics? What topics are most important, and why do you weight them so heavily?
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