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Democracy is not a "machine that would go of itself," but according to this paper, must be consciously reproduced, one generation instructing the next in the knowledge and skills, as well as in the civic character and commitments required for its sustenance. This paper invites concerned citizens to join in a nation-wide discussion of civic education, what its principal goals should be, and how civic education can be revitalized. It stresses the role of parents, the media, and private associations in helping children develop into informed and effective citizens. The paper stresses, however, that schools bear a special and historic responsibility for the development of responsible citizens. Schools, therefore, should give sustained and systematic attention to civic education from kindergarten through high school. The paper addresses five questions: (1) What is civic education and what should its principal goals be? (2) What evidence is there of the need to improve civic education? (3) What is the relationship of civic education and character education? (4) What are the characteristics of successful programs in civic education? (5) How can civic education be revitalized? The document concludes with a bibliography. (LH)

Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Curriculum Enrichment, Democracy, Democratic Values, Elementary Secondary Education, Social Studies











Author: Center for Civic Education, Calabasas, CA.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9944&id=ED387432



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