I Support Challenge 2026.
American democracy depends on citizens who understand our constitutional system, appreciate our history and feel a sense of civic identity.
But we are failing. We, as citizens, know too little about the Bill of Rights, the democratic process or the history of civil rights. More than three of four high school seniors lack proficiency in both civics and U.S. history. And among students suffering from racial and economic achievement gaps, proficiency is most lacking not in English or math, but in civics.
Civic illiteracy cripples our common culture, disenfranchises would-be voters and poisons our politics.
We can solve this problem and help perfect our union, starting with a simple national project: Challenge 2026.
By our nation’s 250th birthday all high-school graduates should be able to pass the U.S. Citizenship Test.
We—parents, educators, policy makers, philanthropists and citizens—recognize that American schools must prepare students not only for “college and career,” but for a lifetime of active citizenship. It’s for our children, for our country and for the very idea of government of, by, and for the people.
Robert Pondiscio, Executive Director
David Feith, Chairman