Civics Education

Podcast Series: Civics 101

This podcast series from NHPR gives you an audio overview of the fundamentals that define our government.

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

A series of podcasts from Mark Kissing, a professor of education at Penn State, helps budding teachers find their way to helping students understand our American-style democracy.

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A Harvard Professor Asks: How Do You Teach Patriotism to 9-Year-Olds?

Every morning, fifth graders in schools across the nation recite the pledge of allegiance. But what does it truly mean to salute the American flag?

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15 Political Questions You’ve Been Too Embarrassed to Ask

15 facts you need to know and don't want to ask others.

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Primers on Democracy

Bites Media has put together this list of very accessible explanations that touch core and current issues. Bookmark these links for when you are reading the news and need some clarification on terms and legalese. Thanks Bites!

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When Public Schools Were Considered Vital to Democracy

Americans used to think free public education was a cornerstone of a democratic republic. What happened? Read this essay about what made the link between school and civics so vital in the past.

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If you have to talk politics at Thanksgiving...

Our friends at USA Facts (usafacts.org) have pulled together a mobile-friendly tool for getting the facts about a range of issues that are likely to come up over turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. Follow the link and bookmark it on your phone.

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For Students in Coal Country, the Census Is a Hands-On Civics Lesson

For Students in Coal Country, the Census Is a Hands-On Civics Lesson Does the census count? That is what students in Kentucky are learning about in this great article about coal country. Not just why the census is important, but also the complications that extend beyond the citizenship question to other people who may be [...]

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The bucket list for involved citizens: 76 things you can do to boost civic engagement

We are so enthusiastic about what you can do to get involved and become more civic-minded. Our partners at Brookings Institute and UVA created a list of 76 ways for you to things big and small to get your civic game on. Print out the list and check off a few boxes.

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Grant to develop civics education "roadmap" awarded to iCivics

An award was given to iCivics by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and U.S. Department of Education to put together a "roadmap" for teachers to educate their students on history, civics and the like. This represents progress in returning civic education to the curriculum.

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