A new study conducted by the Southern Poverty Law Center finds the nation’s public schools are doing a very poor job in educating students about the history of the civil rights movement. The report’s conclusion is that “across the country, state educational standards virtually ignore our civil rights history.”
The study gives each state a letter grade on their performance in educating public school students on the civil rights era. The report states that “Generally speaking, the farther away from the South and the smaller the African-American population, the less attention paid to the civil rights movement.”
Alabama, Florida, and New York were the only three states that received a grade of A. Thrity-five states received a grade of F.
The full report, Teaching the Movement: The State of Civil Rights Education 2011, can be downloaded here.