OutLine_ - Thesis Because a robust civics education...

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Because a robust civics education curriculum is required in our schools in order to maintain our democratic republic, current civic education in our schools is not an adequate amount for our students to become an engaged, informed citizenry. Introduction Political observers have lamented our nation’s youth lack of political engagement. Actually, they are justified in their concern. Very few youth voted in 2006. Overall our youth were found to lack even basic knowledge of our political system (ISC, 2006). In the National Assessment of Educational Programs (NAEP, 2007), 35% of high school seniors tested below basic, indicating an almost complete lack of civic knowledge. Also 39% were just at the basic level. In other words 74% of our young citizens did not possess the knowledge that they need, that we need for them, to become engaged in our democracy. Citizens need to be publicly educated in democracy, but the number of civics courses taken in public schools has declined by two-thirds since 1960. (Macedo, 2005) Body Outline. I . What is Civics? A. Study of rights and duties of citizenship B. The social science of municipal affairs. C. of or relating to or befitting citizens as individuals II. Americans need civics education A. Prepare people to become responsible citizens. B. Improve social conditions 1. Promote equality among people 2. Help people become economically self-sufficient 3. Promote cultural unity C. Enhance individual happiness and enrich individual lives. III. We need civic education in our schools. A. Americans see democracy in which all citizens appreciate, understand, and engage in civic and political life B. Public believes that educating youth about democracy is a central mission of schools. C. Americans have disengaged from civic and political institutions 1.Young people are less likely to vote 2.are less interested in political discussion and public issues D. Americans may not be prepared to participate fully in our democracy. E. Societies that promote political participation more equally distribute intellectual and material resources. (DARE) IV. Historical role of civics in school. A. Jefferson Quote on education. B. Roots in Puritan religious schools in the 1600s 1. Religious reasons for school C. The Beginning of the Public Education System 1. Available only to wealthy people. 2.
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