New law mandates civics classes for NJ’s middle schoolers

Students will be required to take at least one course on the subject

New Jersey is bringing civics back to the classroom, with a new law requiring all middle schoolers to take at least one course on the subject starting next year. Proponents hope it will help to to fill what they describe as a critical gap in the education system.

“Studies show that the average high schooler across the nation is really lacking in an understanding of civics education and the same study shows that adults are lacking in civics education,” said Dr. Leslie Wilson, Associate Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State University.

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