• Participants leave with: – An understanding of the present state of civics education – A complete unit of curriculum for the classroom. – Strategies for effective integration of civics instruction
“The civics framework specifies that the assessment questions address the following three interrelated components: knowledge, intellectual and participatory skills, and civic dispositions. Taken together, these components should form the essential elements of civic education in the United States.” - The Nation’s Report Card: Civics 2010
% of 4th Grade Students according to Civics Proficiency60 505040 Advanced30 Proficient 25 23 Basic20 Below Basic10 2 0 Advanced Proficient Basic Below Basic
% of 8th Grade Students according to Civics Proficiency60 505040 Advanced30 28 Proficient 21 Basic20 Below Basic10 1 0 Advanced Proficient Basic Below Basic
% of 12th Grade Students according to Civics Proficiency45 4040 36353025 Advanced 20 Proficient20 Basic15 Below Basic10 5 4 0 Advanced Proficient Basic Below Basic
% of Students Proficient or AboveGrade Level 1998 2006 2010 4th Grade 23 24 27 8th Grade 22 22 2212th Grade 26 27 24
Need statistics on Dropout v. Graduate in terms of civic engagement Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Conference onCitizenship. Civic Life in America: Key Findings on the Civic Health of the Nation, Washington, DC. 2010, September.
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 fromMark N. Franklins "Electoral Participation,”Controversies in Voting Behavior (2001).
…developing proactive informed, educated, and conscientious citizens and leaders.
Lesson 1: What is a good citizen?• You will become the person listed on your card.• You will try to meet and speak with: – Different gender – Different profession – Different time period (150 years difference)
Synthesis• Write a paragraph that synthesizes the views you heard on citizenship. To be shared in 5 minutes.