The civic mission of schools is not a new concept. Our nation’s public schools were founded to develop citizens with knowledge of our system of governance, and the rights and responsibilities of self-government. Yet formal civic education has almost vanished from the curriculum in most schools.
We must provide our youngest generation with the understanding of our constitutional system, and an appreciation for the achievements of, and opportunities provided by self-government. Failure to do so will imperil the future of our democracy.
Informed action through service learning allows students to apply academic learning to real-world problems that are important to them. Service learning differs from community service or volunteerism in that the action is informed by the curriculum.
Direct Instruction on Democratic Institutions
Formal instruction in civics and government, history, economics, geography, and law increases young people’s tendency to engage in civic and political activities over the long term.