In his new book, "Toward a More Perfect Union: The Moral and Cultural Case for Teaching the Great American Story," Tim Goeglein details a survey conducted among public high school students that reveals only 3% of them could pass a citizenship test.
Those students are now adults, which means many Americans are "woefully ignorant" of America's history, culture, and system of government. Talking about this on AFR's "Today's Issues" program, Goeglein shared that he is deeply concerned by that.
"Young people literally don't know the story of America," he summarized. "They don't know the Constitution. And the deeper you get into the data, it's very stunning, and it's very concerning."
Goeglein does not think it is a coincidence.
"It's been deliberate," he asserts. "This kind of propaganda, misinformation, erasure of American memory and the American story has been purposeful; it's been willful. And we are now seeing, unfortunately, the successful goal of changing America and literally erasing and canceling our culture."
Goeglein currently serves as Focus on the Family's vice president of government and external relations. Prior to arriving there 14 years ago, he worked more than seven years as a special assistant to President George W. Bush. Before that position, Goeglein worked 10 years at the U.S. Senate for Dan Coates (R-Indiana).
He recently joined "The Daily Signal Podcast" to discuss why teaching American history is so closely linked to the formation of a flourishing society and what can be done to restore accuracy and integrity to history classrooms across the country.