Skip to main content

My research shows that the “patriotic education” promoted by the 1776 report has many similarities with existing traditional high school civics and U.S. history curriculums throughout the country. My research also suggests that this material can shape whether young people get politically involved.

Matt Nelsen, UChicago postdoctoral scholar, GenForward associate
Matt Nelsen studied the impact of civic education on political participation, and found that civic education appeared to increase Black and Latinx students’ sense of their potential political power.
Using data from the Black Youth Project‘s 2005 Youth Culture Survey and original research, Nelsen writes that Trump’s 1776 Commission–now disbanded under Biden–ultimately promoted existing U.S. history lessons being taught across the nation. Thus, the Biden administration should actively promote civic education that incorporates historical collective actions by people of color to promote racial justice–not just disband the regressive actions of the Trump era.  Read the full piece here.

If [Biden's] administration does wish to promote racial equity, it might consider promoting a more inclusive and multidimensional civic education that acknowledges the contributions of people of color and the democratic importance of collective action.

More Perspectives

Survey Highlight — Abortion, January 6th, And The Midterm Elections (July 2022)

| Featured News, Featured Surveys, News, Surveys | No Comments
Highlights from the July 2022 Survey The July 2022 GenForward Survey asked over 2000 (2,555) young adults between the ages of 18 and 40 about…

Memo — Opinions on Roe v Wade and Abortion Access

| Featured News, Featured Surveys, News | No Comments
Source: GenForward June 2018 and November 2021Source: GenForward August 2018 and October 2020Source: GenForward November 2021 More Prespectives

Memo — Defund the Police? Young Adult Attitudes on Policing

| Featured News, News | No Comments
In the past year, campaigns and calls to defund the police have proliferated in protest of the Minneapolis police murder of George Floyd. As Asha…