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Student voting in local and national elections, civic education, community service, student participation in school boards, school maintenance
Rob Reich explains the purpose of educating students in a democratic society and gives examples of how teachers can support civic engagement.
While the Constitution protects the rights of students at school, many school officials are unaware of students’ legal protections, or simply ignore them. When heading back to school this year, make sure to know your rights and ensure that your school treats every student fairly and equally.
IF YOU BUILD IT follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to help transform both their community and their lives. Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows ten teenagers the power of design-thinking to re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what's possible.
Public education occupies a central place in our national identity. As the politician Adlai Stevenson once remarked, ‘The most American thing about America is the free common school system.’ Similar assessments have been made of our judiciary. In the 1830s, Alexis de Tocqueville offered a prominent formulation of this idea: ‘There is hardly a political question in the United States which does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one.’ Over the following two centuries, the judiciary, with the Supreme Court at its apex, has assumed only a greater role in American society.
Student engagement is another of those buzz phrases popular in higher education. As with many regularly used terms, everyone assumes we are talking about the same thing; but when asked for definitions, either we are hard pressed to come up one or what’s offered is a decidedly different collection of definitions. Here’s an article that includes clear definitions and, based on a creative synthesis of research, offers 10 ways to promote student engagement.”
Can K-12 schools today make a difference when it comes to their students’ civic attitudes and behavior? A new study finds that attending a public charter school operated by Democracy Prep Public Schools nearly doubles students’ rates of civic participation as young adults
With this renewed and deepened sense of patriotism— demonstrated by Americans of all colors and countries of origin—many are calling for public schools to make sure they capture this moment of opportunity to educate their diverse student body for American citizenship.
Explore student stories and podcasts from coast to coast. Our team of journalism fellows shares their stories from schools across the U.S.
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