Bancroft State Senator Lydia Brasch would like to school districts in Nebraska to get back to the basics, especially when it comes to civics, government, history and social studies. She is sponsoring LB 1069 that expands on the current Americanism statute on the books that was established in 1949. It requires school districts to have a committee on Americanism that meet three times a year. Brasch says the public also needs to have a say in what is being taught.
Senator Brasch says, “Have minutes and notes at one meeting where the people in the district are able to testify to say what they believe is being taught or not taught enough in their Social Studies. We’ve also added not only in Social Studies but they should have a good sound background on economics too. Economics, geography.”
The biggest change would come in the form of an exam. Students would be required to take and pass the same test given to immigrants seeking citizenship. Senator Brasch says the goal is to install civic responsibility and a sense of patriotism in all students.