Saturday, February 9, 2013

Bring Back Civics Classes?

The Huffington Post has an article here suggesting that children need formal classes in how to be citizens--classes that would teach about our history and form of government, as well as how citizens should behave:

I've taught in a number of high schools, and history and the role of government has always been taught in social studies classes.  I'm not sure what more this opinion piece is suggesting.   My guess is that any effort to teach the responsibilities of each citizen--other than really generic things like vote and obey the laws--will result in bitter, local political feuds.  Schools don't need that. 

I would like to see History classes require more independent reading of their students.  There is such a wealth of reading available now, and easily available with e-readers--biographies, memoirs, even historical fiction--that students will acquire a much more nuanced sense of what being a citizen means than can ever  be taught in a classroom.

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