ERIC Number: ED480593
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Public School Purpose: The Civic Standard. Fastback 503.
McClung, Merle Steven
In the elections of 2000, one-half of U.S. citizens did not vote, or vote effectively. This reflects a marked decline in civic participation. Before these serious civic issues could be addressed, a second national civics lesson suddenly upstaged the first when international terrorists hijacked and crashed commercial airliners into the World Trade Center (New York) and the Pentagon (Washington, DC) on September 11, 2001, killing thousands of civilians. These challenges to the democracy came at a time when there has been widespread public perception that the schools are failing to teach students basic skills. The primary purpose of public education is to prepare students to participate effectively as citizens in the U.S. constitutional democracy. Just as the U.S. Constitution provides direction for the country, the civic standard can provide direction for public education. This fastback is a preliminary attempt to define and interpret the civic standard. The fastback is divided into seven sections: (1) "Introduction"; (2) "The Civic Standard" (The Multipurpose Abyss); (3) "Defining the Civic Standard"; (4) "The Law and the Civic Standard" (State Courts and Justice DeGrasse's Decision); (5) "Implications of the Civic Standard" (Some Assessment Implications); (6) "Civic Engagement" (Professional Commitment; Citizen Involvement); and (7) "Conclusion". Lists 15 references and 5 court cases. (BT)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Civics, Democracy, Elementary Secondary Education, Laws, Literacy, National Standards, Numeracy, Public Schools, Social Studies
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution