Are you a service-learning and civic engagement advocate in your school or community?
Looking for new evidence and support to make your case about the importance of civic learning strategies?
We highly recommend checking out two new reports – one by the U.S. Department of Education and the second by a national coalition of experts: (more…)
This afternoon in Washington D.C. an event, “For Democracy’s Future: Education Reclaims Our Civic Mission,” kicked-off a national conversation on the importance of informed and engaged citizens.
The event marked the release of the U.S. Department of Education’s own report, “Civic Learning and Engagement in Democracy: A Road Map and Call to Action,” and highlights the American Commonwealth Partnership, which brings together schools, colleges and other civic partners to promote civic learning and civic identity throughout American education.
Individuals representing many groups from campuses and communities dedicated to reinvigorating democratic engagement gathered for the afternoon’s kick-off. (more…)
Civic Engagement Through Service Learning and 21st Century Skills: Not Preparation for Life, but Life Itself
“Participate in civic life and democratic decision-making.” This is the sixth on the list of seven 21st Century Skills that students demonstrate and develop through service learning. You can read the discussion of the first of five skills on the list (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ) by using the links in the parentheses or by scrolling down through this blog.
I’m reminded of John Dewey when I read, “Participate in civic life and democratic decision-making.” Dewey told us that, “Education is not preparation for life but is life itself.” (This quote, which is how I usually see it in print, is truncated—here is the whole thing.) (more…)
A couple of recent items–a piece of legislation and a new study regarding civic education:
- one to follow as it dances through the halls of Congress;
- one to read and discuss with everyone you know who interacts with youth, young adults, middle-aged adults or older adults–yeah, I mean discuss it with everyone–the findings are surprising. (more…)