Democracy Works: Citizenship, Patriotism, and Democracy in the Classroom

Becoming a democratic citizen involves a set of behaviors that need to be learned and practiced over time. One of the first places for that conditioning to happen is in the classroom. Beyond reading, writing, and STEM skills, students have an opportunity to engage in dialogue and debate facilitated by their teachers and learn what it means to be part of a democracy.

Mark Kissing, a professor of education at Penn State, helps budding teachers find their way — strengthening their commitments to civics education and democracy so they can pass that spirit along to their students.

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