Cooper: Tennessee high school students must learn civics education in order to graduate

Associated Press File Photo / What goes on in and through the U.S. Capitol building is critical to the civics education of students in the United States.

High school students in Tennessee have to take a civics test to graduate from high school. Now they also have to pass it.

Under a 2018 law, as long as they took the test, they were good. The Constitution blah, blah, blah. Blah blah is the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Declaration of Independence blah, blah, blah. Whip through it and be done with it.

Now, with the 2019-2020 school year, in order to graduate, students must get 70% of the answers on the test right.

Fortunately for many of them, the 50-question online test can be taken as many times as needed. The way we figure it, even if some students have to take it 37 times before passing, some of the material may become ingrained.

That's a good thing.