ERIC Number: ED439075
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Wisconsin Civics Action Task Force: Recommendations for Democratic Citizenship Education. Final Report to State Superintendent John T. Benson.
Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
This report details the recommendations of a Wisconsin education task force charged to develop strategies for the enhancement of students' knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to sustain lifelong participation in the democratic process. The report states that the Civics Action Task Force strongly recommends that action be taken by the Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction to implement the ideas presented in the four parts: (1) "Learning About and Practicing Democracy"; (2) "Schools and Communities as Laboratories for Democracy"; (3) "Resources"; and (4) "Professional Development." It states that the task force recognizes that citizenship education crosses the entire prekindergarten through 12th grade curriculum, and that social studies programs must reclaim Democratic Citizenship Education (DCE) as their central focus. A course in local and state government including DCE should be mandatory in high school. Democratic citizenship is taught most effectively in an environment in which the principles of democracy are practiced by all. While ensuring that the environments are democratic, students must understand the problems and limitations of democracy. The task force suggests that more and higher quality resources are needed to promote civics action. Professional development for teachers in a DCE initiative is vital in helping Wisconsin students become lifelong participants in this nation's democracy and the development and implementation of a state-of-the-art professional development program for democratic citizenship education is vital. Contains appendixes on service learning, process, social studies guidelines and principles for student government, and political science and citizenship standards. (BT)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Citizenship Education, Democracy, Elementary Secondary Education, Professional Development, Public Schools, Social Studies, State Standards, Student Educational Objectives
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 125 S. Webster St., P.O. Box 7841, Madison, WI 53707-7841; Tel: 800-441-4563 (Toll Free, U.S. only); Tel: 608-266-3390. For full text: http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/dlsis/cal/pdf/civics.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin