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SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 | CAMBRIDGE, MA – With the national conversation
generated by The Heart
of the Matter still ongoing, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Humanities Indicators has put forth a “report card” to provide a snapshot of current
data illustrating where the humanities are today.
The report card notes, for instance, that while the percentage of students taking
world history courses increased by 43 percent over the past 20 years, less than
30 percent of 12th graders were proficient in history and civics.
According to The Heart of the Matter, the report issued from the Academy’s
Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, the humanities provide a valuable
foundation for our efforts to learn, adapt, and share our culture. With the additional
information now available from the Humanities Indicators, the Academy hopes to enrich
– and propel – the national conversation about the future of the humanistic
endeavor and its relationship to the nation’s culture, economy, and security.
Most of the information presented in the attached report card comes from the American
Academy’s Humanities Indicators, available at humanitiesindicators.org.
The Academy gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation, primary funder of the Humanities Indicators, as well as the National
Endowment for the Humanities for its collaboration on this project.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a steadfast supporter of the humanities and arts
in this country, provided primary funding for the Commission on the Humanities and
Social Sciences. Carnegie Coporation of New York also provided important funding.
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