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Making Americans: UNO Charter Schools and Civic Education

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.

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America’s patriotic assimilation system is broken

Earlier this week, the Hudson Institute released a new study by John Fonte and Althea Nagai looking at political and patriotic assimilation by naturalized citizens. Comparing the answers given in a survey by naturalized Americans with those of native-born citizens, Fonte and Nagai found that there exists a substantial gap between the two groups of citizens in their patriotic attachment and civic knowledge.

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How can schools best educate Hispanic students?

In its spring issue, Education Next hosted a forum about how schools can best educate Hispanic students. Responding to the question, CEO of Chicago’s United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) Juan Rangel answers that schools catering to Hispanic populations should emphasize civic responsibility and good citizenship.  “A quality public school that emphasizes civic responsibility and good citizenship,” he writes, “will suffice to transition immigrants successfully, challenging them and the rest of us on our joint commitment to the welfare of our nation.”

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Making Americans: UNO Charter Schools and Civic Education

In the latest in our case studies series on teaching citizenship in charter schools, David Feith, an editorial features editor at the Wall Street Journal and editor of Teaching America: The Case for Civic Education, takes a look at the way that UNO charter schools in Chicago approach civic education. The UNO Charter School network is one of the two largest charter operators in Illinois, and the nation’s largest with a focus on the Hispanic community.

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