http://www.cms-ca.org/disengagement_and_lack.pdfNational Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Report Card in CivicsThe Proficient level represents solid academic performance to which all students at each grade assessed should aspire. Students reaching this level have demonstrated competency over challenging subject matter. Twenty-seven percent of fourth-graders, 22 percent of eighth-graders, and 24 percent of twelfth-graders performed at or above the Proficient level in civics in 2010. The percentages of students at or above Proficient in 2010 were higher than in 2006 and 1998 at grade 4, not significantly different from the percentages in the previous assessment years at grade 8, and lower than 2006 at grade 12.http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pubs/main2010/2011466.asp
Conclusion• We are living in an age of disruption• Technology, alone, cannot ensure civil discourse• Digital literacy is essential for a functioning democracy
Credits• “The Role of Traditional and Social Media” Civil Discourse to Resolve Governmental Crises October 10, 2012• Copyrighted images are examples of Facebook shares; FairUse exemption claimed; firehose is Flickr CC• Kathy E. Gill, University of Washington Contact: @kegill, http://wiredpen.com/ , http://facebook.com/kathygill
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