California State Board of Managers member and past Vice President of Education Mary Perry recently wrote an article for Ed100 entitled, “Are California Students Prepared for Citizenship?”
She writes, “Some students are deeply involved in civic life. They may have participated in student government or taken an active role with their school’s PTSA. They may have campaigned for a local candidate or helped organize a grassroots effort to address an issue they care deeply about. They may have taken every course their high school offers on history, government and politics or even finished all the lessons about California education available here on Ed100.
Until now, however, the state did not provide any recognition for students’ civic learning and engagement. Nor did it keep track of which students, in which schools and districts, had these kinds of opportunities. That is changing, thanks to the creation of the State Seal of Civic Engagement.”
This topic of civic engagement also was discussed at our 2021 Legislation Conference: A Path to Equity, by John Roberts, Director of UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access. See what he has to say about the importance of civics education here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1R_VLzyG_SmI_rjQnNp-wbAV1N4dNjDQV/view?usp=sharing
To read the rest of the Ed100 article, click here: https://ed100.org/blog/civic-education
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