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Civics Education

Perfecting Our Union Through Personal Ties

Ilir Zherka | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Ilir Zherka

Together, we can perfect the Union by strengthening our civic life. But to do this, everyday Americans and our leaders need to take action. There are steps we can take today to help secure our future.

Jason Linkins

New Hampshire Fourth-Graders Learn Vital Lesson In Cynicism From State Legislature | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

Most people agree that it's vital for the youth of America to learn about civic participation and the ins and outs of our representative democracy. So...

Alaska Considers Law Requiring Constitutionalism Education

AP | Molly Dischener | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska lawmakers are considering a bill that would require school districts to teach American constitutionalism, the latest of ...

Give All Americans a Mandatory Civics Exam

Steven Kurlander | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Steven Kurlander

Think about it. We rarely discuss or even ponder what it means to be an American in our daily lives. When was the last time you sat down and said to yourself, or thought for a moment, or even said in a prayer: "Thank God that I am American"?

Try Out Some Of The Questions On The Civics Test Arizona Students Must Now Pass To Graduate

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Svokos | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

Arizona approved new legislation on Thursday requiring high school students to pass the civics portion of the U.S. citizenship test in order to gradua...

News For High Schools: Digital Media Plus Teaching Equals Support For Freedom

Eric Newton | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Eric Newton

This year, for the first time, American high school students show a greater overall appreciation for the First Amendment than do adults.

Would You Pass the US Citizenship Test? Take This Quiz!

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.22.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

The following questions were taken from the list of 100 civics questions. Admittedly, these are some of the harder ones. Could you pass?

A Fragile Union

William E. White | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
William E. White

The United States of America: we take the name of our nation for granted. From the perspective of nearly two and a half centuries of history, it appears obvious that we should be one country, bound together by constitutional principles, stretching from the Atlantic to Pacific Oceans.

Junior State of America: 80 Years Strong

Tara Fass | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Tara Fass

It's summer and you're a high school student, and you want to supplement your civics education. What to do? How about a three week college preparatory class taught by a college professor in Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics, making you eligible to sit for the AP exam the following Spring?

We Don't Use That History Stuff Anyway, Do We?

William E. White | Posted 05.06.2014 | Education
William E. White

Americans are terribly present-minded. We are mostly concerned about the here and the now. Please consider for just a moment the very unique role of the individual in our American story and what it can teach us about the critical role of citizens in a republic.

Campaign to Add Citizenship to the Common Core Standards

Alan Singer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

It may be that the prospect of an active, informed, educated citizenry is so frightening because it would begin to question how the United States ended up with so many elected officials who are not only ignorant about science and history, but are willfully ignorant and want to impose their ignorance on the rest of us.

The Neglected Purpose of Education

Jack Jennings | Posted 07.05.2013 | Politics
Jack Jennings

Civic education has been the traditional means of teaching students about democracy. Students learn about the role of government in American society, what good citizenship means, which skills are needed to be good citizens, and how to promote toleration and respect for others.

Revolutionary Days

William E. White | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
William E. White

"We the People" create the institutions that serve us. It's easy to forget that we -- individual citizens -- are the ones responsible for our children's education.

Do We Begin Teaching Ethics Too Late?

Joel Cohen | Posted 03.27.2013 | Education
Joel Cohen

In short, most students don't learn ethics at a chronological age at which, just like foreign language skills, the teachable moments arise at the best possible ages, making learning reflexive -- almost automatic.

Nation's Capital Considers Dropping U.S. Government High School Grad Requirement

Posted 01.24.2013 | Education

In an ironic twist, public school leaders in the nation's capital are considering allowing its high school students to graduate without taking an adva...

Off the Playground of Civil Society

Harry Boyte | Posted 02.17.2013 | Education
Harry Boyte

Such ideas may seem academic. But in fact the idea of civil society illustrates the power of framing concepts to structure resources, define the meaning of citizenship, and organize education.

The 'Agonizing Spasms' of Election Day

William E. White | Posted 01.14.2013 | Education
William E. White

Effective citizens are sophisticated consumers of information. They ask hard questions about the issues facing their community, state, and nation. All of these behaviors are learned, not innate.

Students Too Young To Vote Carry Out Their Own Elections

Posted 01.06.2013 | Education

As voters head to the polls today, groups of younger, not-quite-18 voters are taking part in democratic elections of their own. At a time when stud...

Kids Ask Americans To 'Vote For Me Until I Can'

Posted 01.06.2013 | Education

In a push to encourage voter turnout, Manhattan Country School's 5- and 6-year-olds are asking you to "Vote for Me Until I Can." "I would like to b...

Driving the Presidential Election: The Youth Vote

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Bryan Cain-Jackson

Civics is important. If you don't know civics, then you should re-examine the reasons why you're casting that vote. You should rock the vote, but you should understand the vote as well.

Students Debate Free Speech: Does The U.S. Constitution Protect Bad Hair Days?

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 12.29.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. A week before voters go to the polls, the two opposing campaigns squared off on a questio...

National Ignorance

William E. White | Posted 12.09.2012 | Education
William E. White

American ideas are important, an essential element for charting our future. Unfortunately, we may be losing our ability to discern quality debate.

Teach Responsibility -- Teach History

William E. White | Posted 11.26.2012 | Education
William E. White

Where are the lessons of responsible citizenship? Where is the citizens' manual? Civic responsibility is not innate. It must be learned, and so it must be taught.

The Teacher's Great Challenge: Staying Neutral with Students during a Contentious Election

Larry Strauss | Posted 11.12.2012 | Education
Larry Strauss

It is election time again and as many of us use the moment in the teaching of government, political science, rhetoric, and history I hope we all remember what it means to be a teacher.

Teacher Bashing

William E. White | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
William E. White

I am fed up with teacher-bashing. It seems everyone is willing to belittle teachers. But these same critics are not willing to step forward and do the job themselves.