Civics 2.0

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From 2010 Global Education Conference. A look at teh state of civics in the United States today and the role the internet will play in improving civic education.

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Civics 2.0

  1. 1. For more information, send your email address to: Email: APLC@reaganfoundation.org Tweet: JanetAPLC
  2. 2. Krista Kohlhausen Director Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center
  3. 3. Tony Pennay Program Manager Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center
  4. 4. Janet Tran Educator Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center
  5. 5. Goals • Participants will come away with: – a solid understanding of the state of civics education today. – Knowledge of effective means of promoting civic engagement in the classroom and beyond. – A list of organizations to turn when trying to generate civic involvement.
  6. 6. Stateof CivicsToday
  7. 7. “The U.S. civics assessment evaluates students’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are critical to the responsibilities of citizenship in America’s constitutional democracy.” - The Nation’s Report Card: Civics 2006
  8. 8. 2% 21% 50% 27% % of 4th Grade Students according to CivicsProficiency Advanced Proficient Basic Below Basic
  9. 9. 2% 20% 48% 30% % of 8th Grade Students according to Civics Proficiency Advanced Proficient Basic Below Basic
  10. 10. 5% 23% 41% 31% % of 12thGrade Students according to Civics Proficiency Advanced Proficient Basic Below Basic
  11. 11. Key Findings
  12. 12. Scores according to Parental Education Level 125 130 135 140 145 150 155 160 165 Average Raw Scores (out of 300) College Graduates Graduated from high school
  13. 13. % of Students Proficient or Above Grade Level 1998 2006 4th Grade 23 24 8th Grade 22 22 12th Grade 26 27
  14. 14. Civicproficiency?
  15. 15. Limitedgovernment
  16. 16. Constitutional Government
  17. 17. Expanding political participation
  18. 18. Structure of American Government
  19. 19. Categories of Civic Engagement
  20. 20. Service
  21. 21. Group
  22. 22. CurrentEvents
  23. 23. SocialConnectedness
  24. 24. PoliticalAction
  25. 25. “One and one and one is three” - Come Together, The Beatles
  26. 26. Volunteering
  27. 27. "When kids volunteer it tells others that they don't have to be perfect or famous or even grown up to make a difference." - Kalynn Dobos, age 7
  28. 28. Voting Volunteering Total Voters in 2008 Total Volunteers in 2010 More than 131 million (~58%) More than 62 million (~26%)
  29. 29. Voting Rate World Comparison Country Voter Rate Australia 95% Chile 93% Germany 86% Brazil 83% Israel 80% France 76% Japan 71% United States 54% Poland 51% Statistics from Mark N. Franklin's "Electoral Participation,” Controversies in Voting Behavior (2001).
  30. 30. Internet
  31. 31. The Internet and Civic Engagement Category Homes without Internet Home with Internet Volunteering 15.7% 33.0% +17.3 Participating in School Group 9.2% 21.2% +12.0 Current Events from Newspaper 62.2% 74.3% +12.1 Voting (2008) 50.1% 69.0% +18.9 Registered to Vote (2008) 58.4% 74.4% +16 Contacted Public Official 6.1% 14.8% +8.7
  32. 32. http://new.civiced.org/
  33. 33. http://crf-usa.org/
  34. 34. http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/
  35. 35. http://constitutioncenter.org/
  36. 36. http://www.loc.gov/index.html
  37. 37. http://www.socialstudies.org/
  38. 38. http://serve.gov
  39. 39. http://www.ysa.org/
  40. 40. http://mobilize.org/
  41. 41. http://www.cityyear.org/
  42. 42. http://www.americorps.gov
  43. 43. http://www.servicenation.org/
  44. 44. http://www.splashlife.com/
  45. 45. http://new.civiced.org/programs/project-citizen
  46. 46. http://www.generationcitizen.org/
  47. 47. http://craigslistfoundation.wordpress.com/
  48. 48. Programming
  49. 49. Professional Development
  50. 50. Interested in more information? Send an email to: APLC@reaganfoundation.org
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