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At the very moment when China and some European nations are seeking to replicateour model of broad education in the humanities, social sciences, and naturalsciences—as a stimulus to innovation and a source of social cohesion—we are insteadnarrowing our focus and abandoning our sense of what education has been and shouldcontinue to be—our sense of what makes America great.This report advances three goals:•Goal 1Educate Americans in the knowledge, skills, and understanding they willneed to thrive in a twenty-first-century democracy.The humanities and social sciences provide an intellectual framework and context forunderstanding and thriving in a changing world. When we study these subjects, welearn not only what but how and why.• Support full literacy as the foundation for all learning. The nation depends on afully literate populace—on citizens whose reading, writing, speaking, and analyticalskills improve over a lifetime. These are among the principal skills that the humanitiesand social sciences teach, and they must be nurtured at every level of education.• Invest in the preparation of citizens. Democratic decision-making is based on ashared knowledge of history, civics, and social studies. A thorough grounding inthese subjects allows citizens to participate meaningfully in the democratic process—asvoters, informed consumers, and productive workers.• Increase access to online resources, including teaching materials. Foundations, privatedonors, libraries, and museums should partner with federal, state, and localeducation leaders—as well as with individual scholars—to help ensure that qualitymaterials reach all students, especially those in economically disadvantaged k-12schools.• Engage the public. Through public-private partnerships, support a strong networkof schools, museums, cultural institutions, and libraries that engage the public inhumanities and social science activities.10 Executive Summary

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