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ERIC Number: EJ1115441
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1540-8000
The Future of Civic Education
Kawashima-Ginsberg, Kei
State Education Standard, v16 n3 p13-19 Sep 2016
High-quality civic education not only prepares children for the most basic civic participation--voting and understanding how powers are divided--but also helps them acquire broader skills, such as deliberating with fellow citizens to make difficult decisions that affect their communities, advocating for themselves and others on matters of public relevance, and understanding how they can contribute to collective civic health. High-quality civic education also appears to contribute to students' college and career readiness. While the importance of classroom instruction in civics could never be overstated, civic learning ought to be part of every discipline and most school activities. This becomes possible when schools and teachers view civic education not just as acquisition of factual information about the nation's founding principles and government structures but as how students experience and practice democracy in their daily lives. This article presents innovative civic education policy reforms in states such as Florida and Illinois, where leaders in each state developed locally relevant strategies for strengthening and equalizing civic learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Illinois
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A