The Importance of Civics Education Programs in K-12Schools

Sustaining a Constitutional Democracy
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ISBN-13:
9783639130584
Einband:
Paperback
Seiten:
160
Autor:
Jill J. Tokumoto
Gewicht:
255 g
Format:
220x150x10 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

American democracy is at risk. The United States isconsidered the
world leader in education and influence, yet few
citizens know how
their own government works or their responsibilities
as citizens. The
work of civic commitment is left to a small minority
of citizens who
choose to participate. There are social core groups
such as families,
churches, and peers that help develop Americans'
knowledge and
the skills that shape civic character and
commitments. Social
institutions such as schools, with their mix of
varying ages, cultures,
and view points, bear a historic responsibility for
developing civic
competence and participation. Yet schools across the
nation do not
have a formalized civics curriculum throughout the K-12
educational system. Civic education is one of the
essential elements
to sustain this constitutional democracy. It is the
foundation for the
American identity and yet, by the time students reach
high school,
they lack even a basic knowledge of civics. Without this
indispensable understanding of our national
character, the United
State cannot maintain its position as a leader and
educator of
democracy.