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For engaging civic education curricula, go to The Center for Civic Education website, and, the University of Virginia Center on Politics, both of which have a number of sophisticated class-based and web-based educational programs for K-12 classrooms. The Center for Civic Education (Calabasas, CA) and The Forum for Democracy and Education (Ohio and Washington, D.C.) have initiated two different movements to advance the cause of increasing the quantity and quality of civic education in our public schools. I, personally, think it is a civil rights issue, because, how can we protect and/or advance our civil rights if we a) don't know what our rights are or are politically illiterate, and, b) are politically ineffective or impotent? We, of course, cannot; but, there are an elite few who do receive an excellent and effective civic/political education in this country. The problem is that politically empowering an "elite few" contradicts the promise of self-government, freedom, equality, liberty and justice for "all."
We are looking in to having a program on our EducationChannel that will address and deal with increased civic education for all. Thiis would connect with our local schools and be applicable to the general public as well. If there is curriculum material already avaialble that we could review for use I would appreciate learning of it.
I am currently a college freshman, and only recently have I come to understand even a fraction of the importance of civics in our country. With this being the case, I think it is so important to teach young children about the foundations of our country. They are growing up in a time where politics seem corrupt and an active citizentry is something that is rarely seen. It is never too early to begin molding children into the ideal citizens necessary to run our country, and I believe the job should fall jointly onto the shoulders of both the family and the school.
Some questions I pose include the following:
1. How should children be shown th importance of voting in a time when very few of their parents do it themselves?
2. How has the application of civics in education changed in recent years and what can teachers or future teachers do to improve its quality?
I was very impressed with this quote. Can you tell me if this quote came from Gloria and something about her background. I plan to use it when we work with some of our citizen groups, if that is permissable. Ron