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ERIC Number: ED542109
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The New Civics: Civic Learning Is Not Flat Learning. The Progress of Education Reform. Volume 14, Number 2
Education Commission of the States (NJ1)
Preparing students to be engaged, productive citizens is one of the foundational purposes of public education in the United States. Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Horace Mann--to name a few--all espoused free, universal public education as the key element that was necessary to maintain the integrity of the American republic over time. Public schools remain as the best avenue to ensure that citizens posses the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for productive participation in civic and political life. While the role that civic education plays in public schools has been reduced somewhat in the last 50 years, the civic education field has continued to make significant strides in identifying best practices for civic education. Today's best practices for civic learning are widely divergent from the textbook-based high school civics classes that were dominant 25 years ago. We now know that active civic learning--as opposed to flat civic learning--is essential to meeting the civic purposes of public education. This issue of "The Progress of Education Reform" provides a close look at the new civics--how it differs from previous practices, what it includes, how it is supported by research, and its implications for policy. (Contains 5 tables, 8 resources and 25 endnotes.)
Education Commission of the States. ECS Distribution Center, 700 Broadway Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-299-3692; Fax: 303-296-8332; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: GE Foundation
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States
Identifiers - Location: United States