Jan 9 Event on Teaching America: The Case for Civic Education

Hosted by the Brookings Institution
Monday, January 09, 2012
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

“Congressional approval ratings stand at an all-time low and grassroots
movements such as Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party are mobilizing
citizens to engage in the democratic process and push for change. But
do America’s young people have the tools they need to assess candidates
for public office and influence the policy process? The statistics say
no. According to a new book edited by David Feith, young Americans know
little about the Bill of Rights, the democratic process, or the civil
rights movement. Three of every four high school seniors aren’t
proficient in civics, nine of ten aren’t proficient in U.S. history, and
the problem is aggravated by a lack of civic education at the
university level.

On January 9, Brookings will host a discussion of Teaching America: The Case for Civic Education (Rowman
& Littlefield Education, 2011). Contributing authors will lay out
their proposals for strengthening civic education in a discussion
moderated by Brookings Senior Fellow William Galston. This event is part
of the Governing Ideas series intended to broaden the discussion of
governance issues through forums on history, culture, legal norms and
practices, values and religion.”

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