ERIC Number: ED479713
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Today's Students, Tomorrow's Citizens: Preparing Students for Civic Engagement.
Rebell, Michael A.; Wardenski, Joseph J.; Widiss, Deborah A.; Swan, Betsey
In late 2002 and early 2003, Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE), working with the League of Women Voters of New York State, initiated a series of eight community public engagement forums held in Albany, Brentwood, Elmira, Rochester, Watertown, Manhattan, and Queens (New York). The public's response, discussed in this report, confirmed judicial findings and extensive social science research indicating that public schools must develop in students the high level of skills necessary for effective citizenship; yet many schools, largely as a result of inadequate funding, are currently failing to provide these skills. The report summarizes the historical goals of the public school system; the social science research on student attitudes toward and preparation for voting; jury service and other responsibilities they face; and the thoughts and ideas generated by students, teachers, parents, and other New Yorkers in improving the schools to meet these important democratic aims. It is divided into five parts: (1) "Introduction"; (2) "The Judicial Perspective"; (3) "The Social Science Research Perspective"; (4) "The Perspective of New York Students and the Public;" and (5) "Conclusion." The report is intended to raise public awareness of civic issues, offer an example of true civic engagement in practice, and to start a statewide dialogue on how adequate school funding and resources, together with other reforms, can help schools do a better job in preparing New York students to be the citizens and leaders of tomorrow. (Contains 63 notes.) (BT)
Descriptors: Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, Social Science Research, Social Studies, Student Participation
For full text: http://www.cfequity.org/civengreport.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: League of Women Voters of New York State, Albany.; Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc., New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York