Civics Education

Lecture 1 briefly addressed the recent ‘State of Civics Education‘ report prepared by the Center for American Progress. The report includes a ranking of the 50 states in terms of what they do or do not require of high school students in terms of civics education. Please briefly examine the summary of the report above, and see where New Jersey ranks when compared to other states.

Once you’ve done so, I’d like you to respond below to one of the following prompts:

  1. Describe your own experience with civics education. What was, or was not, required of you in high school?
  2. Go online and do a little research on civics education initiatives across the country. What do you find interesting? You could look at the work being done by organizations like iCivics, for example.
  3. If you were to design a civics curriculum for a school, what do you think should be emphasized more or less heavily?