Rhodes college number one at teaching history and civics

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Rhodes College outranked Ivy League schools like Harvard, Princeton and Yale in a recent survey testing how well top colleges teach American history and civics.

The Memphis school was ranked number one out of 50 colleges by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, a Delaware-based nonprofit.

Rhodes seniors scored eleven-point-six percent higher on a multiple choice history and civics test than freshmen did. Harvard seniors scored only 1.9% higher than freshmen and Yale seniors actually scored 1.5% lower than freshmen.

Rhodes junior Nora Fischer says she benefited from a teaching approach that gets students out of the classroom and into the community.

When learning about the Civil Rights Era, she interviewed a Memphis resident who had witnessed Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's assassination.

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