K-12 Education: The Consequences of Ignoring Civics and Life Skills

By Julia Baumel — March 24, 2021

This policy paper examines three subject areas in which U.S. schools are failing their students, and discusses ways to ensure that students graduate with the tools they need to fully participate in our democracy and succeed in the real world.

Facts At-A-Glance

  • 48%

    of young people in the U.S. rarely or never participate in civic or political activities.

  • Only 57%

    of American adults are financially literate.

  • Over 40%

    of recent college grads are underemployed, working in jobs that do not require a college degree.

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