ERIC Number: ED430881
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep-10
Reference Count: N/A
Colorado Model Content Standards: Civics.
Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
These Colorado state civics content standards summarize the knowledge and skills that are the basis of responsible citizenship whether it is taught in history, geography, or other social studies courses. The guide points out that civics should be a central concern from kindergarten through twelfth grade. It is through systematic instruction in civics and government that young people develop and apply the intellectual and participatory skills that result in an understanding of what government of the people, by the people, and for the people really means. Students acquire the skills to think critically about a policy issue and become competent participators in the political process. The four content standards for civics are: (1) to understand the purposes of government and the basic constitutional principles of the U.S. republican form of government; (2) to know the structure and function of local, state, and national government and how citizen involvement shapes public policy; (3) to know the political relationship of the United States and its citizens to other nations and to world affairs; and (4) to understand how citizens exercise the roles, rights, and responsibilities of participation in civic life at the local, state, and national levels. Each standard presents a rationale, contains subdivisions, and lists specific educational objectives for grades K-4, grades 5-8, and grades 9-12. The guide also contains an extensive glossary of terms. (BT)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Citizenship Education, Civics, Critical Thinking, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, Social Studies, State Standards, Student Development, Student Educational Objectives
Colorado State Department of Education, 201 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado