ERIC Number: EJ971413
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Reference Count: 7
It's Up to Us: Bridging the Civic Opportunity Gap
Herczog, Michelle M.
Leadership, v41 n4 p20-22, 24, 26 Mar-Apr 2012
In today's education reform discussions, educators hear much about the need to close gaps and prepare students for college and career. While it is vital to the nation's future that every student be prepared to succeed in higher education and in the workforce, it is vital to the health and future of America's democracy that schools also prepare students for a lifetime of knowledgeable, engaged, and active citizenship. Unfortunately, access to civic education is extremely lacking in California schools. A "civic opportunity gap" confirmed by research finds that race/ethnicity, academic track, and socio-economic status often determines a student's opportunity to engage in civic learning. In this article, the author discusses how to bridge the civic opportunity gap and describes three valuable resources that can impact policy and practice for closing the civic achievement gap in California schools.
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Citizenship, Civics, Educational Change, Citizenship Education, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Democratic Values, Change Strategies, Educational Needs, Educational Resources, Program Descriptions, Alignment (Education)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California