ERIC Number: EJ814455
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
A Superintendent's Systemic Notion of Civics
Berman, Sheldon H.
School Administrator, v65 n9 p29 Oct 2008
Participating in a democracy is learned behavior. It takes years to develop the ability to understand the complexity of issues, to negotiate the challenges of political change and to act effectively on behalf of the common good. One doesn't simply acquire this knowledge and learn these skills through a senior elective civics course in high school. It takes a systemic and systematic approach to civic development that begins early in a child's education and builds continuously throughout the school years. In this article, the author describes how, as a superintendent for 15 years, he has made civic engagement a central aspect of school reform. In part, this commitment arises from a deep belief in the civic mission of schools. However, it also stems from the knowledge that teaching for civic engagement motivates and empowers students to learn in all areas because they find relevance and meaning in what they are studying.
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Educational Change, Superintendents, Elementary Secondary Education, Curriculum Development, Public Schools, Service Learning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; Massachusetts