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Action civics, civic education, and charter schools


“Unlike traditional civic education, civic learning and democratic engagement 2.0 is more ambitious and participatory than in the past. To paraphrase Justice O’Connor, the new generation of civic education initiatives move beyond your ‘grandmother’s civics’ to what has been labeled ‘action civics.'”
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, January 10, 2012

In last week’s EducationNext, Chester E. Finn, Jr. raises some concerns about “action civics” and the politicization of schools that promote it.

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