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Civics Education

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

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.22.2014 | 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.

Video: Franken and Whitehouse School Congress on Climate Change

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 02.19.2012 | Green
Shawn Lawrence Otto

"As a society, we have to understand that science is a way of understanding the truth about the way things actually are in the physical world independent of how we wish they would be," Sen. Al Franken said.

Perry's Gaffe Represents Poor Texan and U.S. Educational Performance; Civics Lesson Needed

Michael Shank | Posted 01.11.2012 | Education
Michael Shank

Without a strong American commitment to a quality education, it is no surprise that Rick Perry, a son of this education system, cannot recall government agencies.

The Civic Mission of Schools

Les Francis | Posted 11.16.2011 | Education
Les Francis

Despite a past of educating children to be capable and engaged citizens, too many of our schools are now failing at their civic mission. When less than one third of American eighth graders can identify the historical purpose of the Declaration of Independence, we have a problem.

WATCH: If Students Fail History, Does It Matter?

CNN | Jacob Soboroff | Posted 09.27.2011 | Education

Washington (CNN) -- If there's a student anywhere who would be able to answer a trivia question about President Abraham Lincoln, it would be on the ma...

Independence Day: 9 Myths Debunked

Posted 09.03.2011 | Education

The National Assessment of Education Progress revealed that in 2010, just 7 percent of eighth graders could correctly identify the three branches of g...

A Retired Supreme Court Justice's Video Game Revolution

Newsweek | Danielle Friedman | Posted 09.02.2011 | Education

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has launched a series of videogames that teach kids about government. She talks to Danielle Friedman ...