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K-12 Civics Doesn’t Need to Be a Partisan Battleground


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Is non-partisan civics education still possible? For many Americans, such a notion might seem hopelessly naive. To make their case, they need only point to states passing legislation to combat critical race theory (CRT) or others like Illinois and California that mandate “culturally responsive teaching.” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has stated his opposition to the Civics Secures Democracy Act which, despite some bipartisan support, critics accuse of being a leftist boondoggle. Recent Florida Department of Education civics trainings have similarly been accused of ideological indoctrination.

If all civics is inherently partisan, however, it surely spells the end of civic education in public schools. Why should parents subject their children to political education – that is, education oriented toward certain policy outcomes – they disagree with? Why should partisan civics be broadly supported through tax dollars? Civics is about learning fundamental knowledge that’s necessary for good citizenship. If we can’t agree on the fundamentals, we can’t have civics.

Of course, certain aspects of civics generate little controversy such as understanding the basic functions and processes of government. But even more contested areas that touch on fundamental values of our political system and controversial moments in our history can avoid partisanship with the right approach.

If we’re serious about preserving civics as an important component of public education, teachers need ongoing educational opportunities that feature the following::snip:

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12 minutes ago, Geee said:
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Of course, certain aspects of civics generate little controversy such as understanding the basic functions and processes of government. But even more contested areas that touch on fundamental values of our political system and controversial moments in our history can avoid partisanship with the right approach.

 

 

 

Thing is For Progressives the Only aspects that are not controversial are their views (America/The West is evil). Everything else Is. 

 

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Civics will always encompass a battle of sorts, because Americans have and will always disagree about the meaning of our Constitution and finding the right balance between freedom and equality. But it need not be a partisan or ideological battlefield. Scholars and teachers need to be sufficiently educated in a given issue and committed to representing all sides fully and fairly. That’s the difference between an education meant to achieve policy outcomes and one fit for a free citizenry. The former will inevitably fail to garner the support needed to justify public funding; the latter is absolutely essential for the maintenance of our political system.

 

I agree finding The Right Balance is Important. Question is How Do You Do This, when Progressives/The Woke Run Academe, certainly all Schools of Education? We have A Problem, and it goes petty deep into the societal infrastructure.  As for number, there are not a lot of the True Believers, but they are deeply entrenched.

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