A couple of legislators are heading an effort to make sure Oklahoma’s high school students know the basics of U.S. government by promoting civics. The Civics Education Initiative would like to see schools test students with the same test immigrants to the U.S. are required to take before becoming citizens.
House Bill 1941, by Rep. Rhonda Baker, and Senate Bill 162, by Senator Stephanie Bice, will require all Oklahoma high school students pass a test on 100 basic facts from the U.S. Citizenship test.
This is a multi-state effort. In Oklahoma, former Governor Frank Keating is serving as a member of the Civics Education Initiative Advisory Committee.
“It’s important that we prepare students to one day run our state and country,” said Keating.
Fellow Committee member, Ben Odom agrees with Keating.
“Our founders knew that teaching and promoting civics to the next generation was vital to the survival of our republic,” said Odom. “Unfortunately, over 200 years after the signing of the Constitution, many students in Oklahoma and throughout the country don’t understand basic facts about our government, its creation, or how it works.”
According to the Initiative, 15 states have adopted the test, including Kansas, Missouri, and Louisiana.