Civics makes a comeback
Some states now mandate civics classes; other stakeholders call for high school seniors to pass the test new citizens must take, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. “We’re seeing more rumblings of states and local districts recognizing the needs for civic engagement, especially for youth,” said Paul Baumann, director of the National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement at the Education Commission of the States. Baumann also weighed in at Arizona station KJZZ.
What's happening to Americans' sense of duty?
An Associated Press-Gfk poll found Americans’ civic engagement has slipped since a similar survey was taken three decades ago. Only voting and volunteering remain about as valued as they were; citizens feel less obligated to stay informed, especially the young, although volunteering gained ground with them.
Reforming the ESEA? Add civic education
Peter Levine and Scott Warren of The Hill argue strong civic education could go a long way to addressing two major American problems: a dysfunctional political system and inequality. Inequality starts in our schools, and manifests itself in the political arena; inequality affects civic learning, but civic learning may be able to actually combat inequality.
Civic engagement at St. Petersburg College
South Florida’s St. Petersburg College is committed to civic engagement within academic scholarship, pursues a wide variety of projects and has compiled a list of best practices. Initiatives include citizenship lessons for community members preparing for the United States Civics Exam, work with the homeless, civic engagement with students in Pinellas County Schools and information on starting 501©3s.