ERIC Number: EJ1164390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Fully Realizing the Civic Potential of Immigrant Youth
Callahan, Rebecca M.; Obenchain, Kathryn M.
American Educator, v41 n4 p10-11, 41-42 Win 2017-2018
Over the course of a few cold days last February, immigrant families and their allies in Austin, Texas, were shaken by a series of raids as immigration officers descended upon the city. After all was said and done, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials arrested 51 undocumented immigrants, most of whom had no criminal record. In this article, the authors step back from the immediate aftermath of those ICE raids--in Austin and numerous other cities around the United States--to consider the role U.S. schools and educators play in the civic growth of immigrant youth. Their purpose is to show educators how to build on the civic potential of immigrant youth and prepare them for an active role in public discourse, or what has been called "enlightened political engagement."
Descriptors: Youth, Citizen Participation, Undocumented Immigrants, Immigration, Democracy, Teachers, Civil Rights, Teacher Student Relationship, Social Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas (Austin)