After years on the back burner of the nation’s educational agenda, civics is making a comeback, with a number of states mandating new classes or assessments and a burgeoning national push for high-school seniors to pass the exam required of new citizens. (Wall Street Journal)
- What is civics?
- According to our glossary, civics is the “study of the rights and responsibilities of citizens of a nation, state, or other form of government.”
- Skim through the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards. (Start on page 30 to focus on civics, and consult page 32 for the suggested standards.) What are some subjects that civics students may study?
- participation. How do different citizens (such as elected officials, kids, voters, or immigrants) contribute to the rules of society?
- government. What are the three branches of the U.S. government and how do they work together? What are some examples of global, national, and local laws, treaties, and constitutions?
- markets. How do economics, banking, and finance contribute to the way communities function?
- courts and legal systems. How are laws created, and how is justice served by different court systems (such as federal, state, military, or small-claims)?
- other nations’ systems and practices. How do ideas such as freedom and responsibility change around the world?
- international institutions. What are some examples of international organizations, and what are their goals?
- current events. What are global, national, and local news stories? What makes these events “news”? How do different current events impact the lives of citizens around the world?
- Does your high school offer civics classes?
- Check this Standard High School Graduation Requirements list to see if your state requires civics or civic education.
- According to the Wall Street Journal “[o]nly 10 states require a social-studies test to graduate from high school.” Is yours one of them?
- Check this High School Graduation Requirements – Citizenship list to see if a test or exam is required by your state.
Wall Street Journal: Civics Instruction Moves Up in Class
Education Commission of the States: Standard High School Graduation Requirements (50-state)
Education Commission of the States: High School Graduation Requirements – Citizenship