The teaching of history is moving away from the rote memorization of textbooks and toward the development of civic skills. Illinois’ recent decision to require all students to complete a semester-long civics course brings us a step closer to measuring active citizenship. Typically harbored under the social studies umbrella, civics is now a stand-alone course. The state mandates that each civics course include service learning, controversial conversation, instruction regarding government institutions and procedures, and simulations.
Burchett Gauna, Becci and Paul, Michelle
"Civic Education Training Promotes Active Learning with Real-world Outcomes,"
SPACE: Student Perspectives About Civic Engagement: Vol. 2
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.nl.edu/space/vol2/iss1/4
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