Education Report Roundup

Greater Role Sought For Civic Education

By Jessica L. Tonn — April 26, 2005 1 min read

“Restoring the Balance between Academics and Civic Engagement in Public Schools,” is now online from the American Youth Policy Forum.

Civic education in the United States is being neglected because of a renewed emphasis on reading and math spurred by the demands of the No Child Left Behind Act, a report contends.

The report—produced by the Washington-based American Youth Policy Forum and the Alexandria, Va.-based Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development—includes a seven-point agenda for improving civic education, and ultimately civic engagement, across the country. It advocates, among other strategies, broadening the definition of “core” curriculum to include civic learning, increasing opportunities for service-learning and character education in schools, and integrating civics lessons into other subjects.