<< Home

civic education

New CIRCLE Report on Youth Political and Civic Engagement

Yesterday, the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) presented a new report on educating America’s youth for civic and political participation at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

The report, “All Together Now: Collaboration and Innovation for Youth Engagement”, written by the Commission on Youth Voting and Civic Knowledge, a multidisciplinary group of scholars convened by CIRCLE. The purpose of this report is to inform Americans about deficiencies in youth civic knowledge and engagement.

Read More...

A Moving Immigration Naturalization Ceremony

Each year, thousands of immigrants are sworn in as American citizens in ceremonies across the country. In one ceremony in Alaska, a middle school’s beloved US history teacher, a native of Venezuela, received her naturalization, writes Michelle Theriault Boots of the Anchorage Daily News.

Read More...

The Shrinking Role of Social Studies in Classrooms

Social studies, long considered a “core subject” in American classrooms, has been cut back in recent decades. Jen Kalaidis, writing in The Atlantic, traces the reduction in social studies classroom time to the No Child Left Behind Act, and argues that a greater emphasis is essential.

Read More...

Civic Engagement through Education

Standing in front of a packed audience at the University of Montana School of Law, Sandra Day O’Connor spoke about her continued mission to improve civic education. O’Connor argued that civic education is crucial to sustaining America’s democratic institutions, according to Kaci Felstet of the Montana Kaimin.

Read More...

Maintaining the Republic through Civic Learning

On Tuesday, the nation marked the 226th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, Tani Cantil-Sakauye, writing in the Sacramento Bee, argues that in order to preserve our democracy, education needs to focus on civic learning. At the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Benjamin Franklin famously remarked […]

Read More...

Civic Leaders Speak Out on the Need for Civic Education

With Constitution Day fast approaching, several civic leaders have taken the opportunity to critically analyze the state of American civic education and stress the need for reform. William H. Sieben, president of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and Sandra Day O’Connor, former Supreme Court Justice and creator of iCivics, both argue that improved civic education is critical to the future of our nation.

Read More...

A Response to James Ceaser’s “The Role of Political Science and Political Scientists in Civic Education”

Last week, University of Virginia professor James W. Ceaser’s essay discussed the divided state of modern political science. This week, Peter Levine of CIRCLE responded to Ceaser’s piece, agreeing that political science ought to take a more active role in civic education.

Read More...

The Role of Political Science and Political Scientists in Civic Education

In the latest addition to “The Professions and Civic Culture” series, University of Virginia professor James W. Ceaser discusses the divided state of modern political science. His essay, “The Role of Political Science and Political Scientists in Civic Education,” argues that the field has moved in two opposing directions — one toward greater concern with civic education, with an emphasis on producing engaged citizens who can transform the political order, and the other (and more dominant one) toward a positivist political research agenda that is agnostic about the principles and ends of the American constitutional order.

Read More...

Remembering Jean Bethke Elshtain

Renowned political philosopher, ethicist, and professor Jean Bethke Elshtain passed away on Sunday at the age of 72. Elshtain was known for her deep commitment to civil society and advocacy of civic education.

Read More...

Civic Education and the Common Core

The implementation of the Common Core State Standards represents a tremendous opportunity to rethink educational priorities and promote civic education. However, Web Hutchins, writing for Education Week, argues that the current version of the standards almost entirely neglect to address civics, leaving students unprepared to engage in our democracy.

Read More...

Civic Education in the 21st Century

The tools for improving civic education in the 21st century are constantly evolving. Holly Korbey, building off of Robert Pondiscio’s recent op-ed, suggests that innovative or novel techniques may be needed to overhaul civics education, apart from more intensive classroom instruction.

Read More...

Challenges for Civic Education

With reduced funding and plummeting exam scores, civic education is in a state of great turmoil. In an interview with Michael Shaughnessy of Education News, Robert Pondiscio outlines the problems facing a disengaged nation and suggests some solutions.

Read More...

Analyzing Mitch Daniels’ Critique of Howard Zinn

In an op-ed for the New York Daily News, Gabriel Schoenfeld addresses the recent controversy surrounding former governor Mitch Daniels’ criticism of Howard Zinn’s  A People’s History of the United States. Schoenfeld argues that Zinn’s work does not meet academic standards and fundamentally misconstrues American history.

Read More...

We the People: A new interactive civics curriculum

Educators at the Center for Civic Education have released a brand-new interactive civics ebook aimed at high school students. The project, We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution, includes lessons exploring the philosophical basis of our democracy with cooperative-learning exercises.

Read More...

America’s Broken Civics Education System

In a time when both immigration and education reform are in the public spotlight, AEI’s Christine Hoff Sommers stresses the need to create informed and attached citizens, both foreign and native-born. In an op-ed  in The American, Hoff Sommers argues that schools have drifted away from “the self-confident teaching of American history in our nation’s schools. “

Read More...

A Complete Civics Education Requires Student Engagement

At the Core Knowledge blog, Lisa Hansel reflects on the need to engage students in American democracy. Inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt’s 1930 speech, “Good Citizenship: The Purpose of an Education,” Hansel argues that civic education must not only help students understand the basic facts of history, but also reflect on the “duties of citizenship and on showing how leadership and governance work.”

Read More...

School Choice Key to Instilling Civic Values

A robust system of education was hailed by our Founding Fathers as vital to maintaining liberty in America. However, Jason Bedrick from the Cato Institute argues that traditional public schools are failing to instill the civic values needed to promote our democracy.

Read More...

Adjusting Our Education Priorities

The current debate over education reform tends to focus on preparing students for more profitable careers, but Robert Pondiscio argues that there is a more fundamental priority of public schooling: citizenship. Pondiscio, writing for CNN, describes the need for schools to prepare students to be capable of effective self-government—an early priority of our Founding Fathers.

Read More...

What Good Citizens Should Know

In a lecture sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Rockefeller Center, Dartmouth government professor Russell Muirhead laid out the criteria for “good” citizenship. The lecture, entitled “What Good Citizens Should Know: Civics for the 21st Century” discussed the apparent civics deficiency that prevents high school students from being well-rounded citizens.

Read More...

Civics the Key to Enhancing Political Freedom

At its 10th annual Bradley Symposium held on Wednesday, the Bradley Foundation gathered a panel of award-winning journalists, academics, and civic activists to tackle the question: “Are we freer than we were ten years ago?”

Read More...
AEI