ERIC Number: ED380401
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
National Standards for Civics and Government. ERIC Digest.
Bahmueller, Charles F.
This ERIC digest discusses the National Standards for Civics and Government for students from grades K-12. The Standards are organized around five central questions dealing with the following subjects: (1) the nature and necessity of government; (2) the foundations of American constitutionalism; (3) the functioning of American government and the place of democratic values and principles within it; (4) America's relations with the world; and (5) the roles of the citizen. Each of the five questions is followed by a statement that summarizes the standards that follow and presents reasons why citizens should be knowledgeable about them. The overarching questions are: (1) What are civic life, politics, and government? (2) What are the foundations of the American political system? (3) How does the government established by the Constitution embody the purposes, values, and principles of American democracy? (4) What is the relationship of the United States to other nations and to world affairs? and (5) What are the roles of the citizen in American democracy? This last question is the culmination of the document and focuses on the ideal outcome of civic education. A key section of the Standards emphasizes how citizens take part in civic life. Contains nine references. (DK)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Citizen Role, Citizenship Education, Civics, Curriculum Development, Democracy, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials, National Programs, Social Studies, United States Government (Course)
ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, 2805 East Tenth Street, Suite 120, Bloomington, IN 47408.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Descriptive; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Bloomington, IN.