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We have come to take
democracy for granted, and civic education has fallen by the wayside.
John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States December 31, 2019
Since 2015, the Civic Education Center has guided US History teachers, in grades 5, 8 and 11, to use civil dialogue, inquiry and exciting civic service projects to deliver the state curriculum. This year, we serve 29 teachers and 1,600 students in Fresno, Sanger, Caruthers and Fowler.
Students analyze a specific
school or community problem or issue using appropriate lenses from civics,
economics, geography, and history; and take and evaluate actions on the issue.
HISTORY SOCIAL SCIENCE FRAMEWORK; Chapter 13 (CA Department of Education, 2017)
Nation is Facing a Civic Crisis
Read the Valley Voices editorial by John Minkler, Nation is Facing a Crisis, about the Democracy School Program.
The California Seal of Civic Engagement, from CA law AB24, will be awarded for “demonstrated excellence in civics education… and voluntary participation in community service or extracurricular activities.” The Civic Education Center is working with Fresno Unified School District to develop a regional award to recognize civic knowledge, skills, and service for graduating seniors. Students who earn this award will have an advantage in job applications and with college applications and scholarships. It also gives education and community leaders an indication of how many graduates demonstrate civic competence. It becomes a tool to measure the effectiveness of civic education in high schools.
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