Achieve Report Examines State Polices on Citizenship
The eighth annual 50-state report from Achieve details the progress—and lack of progress—in advancing state policies to shift the U.S. public education system toward one that prepares all students to graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college, careers, and citizenship.
Report Urges Steps to Revitalize Civic Education in U.S. Schools
A new report calls for a revitalization of civic education to better prepare young people to become active and engaged citizens and ensure a vibrant democratic society. It outlines steps to improve civics learning in schools, including getting teachers to move beyond textbooks to get students more directly engaged with primary sources; recognizing and rewarding schools that develop exemplary approaches to civic learning; and teaching not just about rights but also responsibilities, such as "learning what is meant by making a sacrifice for the common good."
Watch: Panel Discusses Civic Education, Common Core
The Manhattan Institute and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History convened a panel earlier this month to address declines in American students' knowledge of history and civics and to consider these questions: What are the causes of this decline in civic knowledge? How can they be rectified? What role can the new Common Core State Standards play?
Censorship in School Bad for Civic Preparedness
When school censors prevent students from discussing controversial issues, it's not just harmful to journalism—it's harmful to citizenship. That's the bottom line of a newly released study that adds to the growing consensus that the censorship of political discourse in America's schools is holding back civic preparedness.
'Hunger Games' Offers Lesson in Civics
The producers at Lions Gate Entertainment aren't the only ones who should be celebrating the $110 million, five-day Thanksgiving box-office record set by "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." The movie's popularity is good news for civics educators. Not only can Katniss Everdeen, the "Hunger Games" heroine, take on the totalitarians ruling her fictional homeland—she also has the power to get kids thinking about citizenship, government power, civil liberties, and the influence of the media.