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Civic Mission of Schools: Guardian of Democracy Report

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Civic Mission of Schools: Guardian of Democracy Report

In September, the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools (CMS) issued an updated report, Guardian of Democracy: The Civic Mission of Schools. The report makes a strong case that investing in civic learning strengthens American democracy. Research and proven practices add weight to the argument, which includes policy recommendations for local, state, and federal policymakers as well as researchers and funders.

The report highlights six practices that are characteristic of well-rounded and high quality civic education:

  1. Teach government, history, economics, law, and democracy.
  2. Integrate discussion of current local, national, and international issues and events into the classroom.
  3. Design and implement programs that provide students with the opportunity to apply what they learn through performing community service.
  4. Offer opportunities for young people to get involved in their schools or communities outside of the classroom.
  5. Encourage student participation in school governance.
  6. Encourage students to participate in simulations of democratic processes and procedures.

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