OUR EDUCATION PROGRAM

The next generation needs a better way to learn about our society.
 
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We asked for people’s thoughts on civics education today, and they said:

“I don’t really think there is any, so whatever civics education we have seems to happen at the dinner table.- Noah, New Jersey

"I think people are legitimately at a loss for how to engage effectively. They feel powerless so they don't engage. They need to be shown not just how the system works broadly but how they can be a part of it aside from the obvious - voting." - Katherine, New York

“The big one is there’s no agency where students can apply knowledge to real world application. No transition point. And states are all over the map on mandatory exams for graduation vs optional. Huge discrepancy in depth of curriculum from state to state.” - Michael, Massachusetts

Students learn the rules but not what led to them or under what circumstances they’ve been modified. Ask just about any high school kid about the 11th and 12th amendments and you’ll get stares. Without knowing how the rules developed – and why some changed over time – true understanding is impossible.” - Chris, Chicago

 
 

The problems today
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Less than 30 percent of 4th, 8th and 12th grade students were proficient in civics, and a significant gap persists among racial and ethnic groups, according to the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) civics report.
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A survey of 1,416 adults by the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) revealed that only 1/3 of those surveyed could name the three branches of government.
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The result: A disconnected general public.

If people aren't being taught why our democratic institutions were designed the way they were, how can they be expected to defend them—or even participate?


Our vision is a world where:

 
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The future generation doesn’t Google “what is socialism” or “what is Brexit” just after voting for it.

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Citizens are not only given equal rights—but have the equal opportunity to learn how to exercise those rights in a way that’s engaging and set up for their success.

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People can practice empathetic listening, debating and persuasion skills, and progressive problem-solving with groups they disagree with.


Join Our Civics Master Class

Our deep and diverse curriculum will be made accessible to all and understandable in Plain English with multimedia to reach young audiences.

It will show the why behind the systems of government—not just memorizing the what.

It will put people in the shoes of those solving real issues and making decisions for large groups of people, with diverse backgrounds and needs.

Participants will learn:

 
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America's Roots
Moving from a colony with no representation to a liberal democracy. The debates that were had and the decisions made.
 
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Core Terms
Understanding terms like socialism, capitalism, democratic socialism, populism, authoritarianism, totalitarianism, liberal democracy vs. illiberal democracy, and how different government systems evolved around each of these concepts across the globe.

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Different Perspectives
Studies will go beyond the stale lessons of the past and offer a greater diversity of perspective than ever before.

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Current Events
How do our lessons apply to what’s happening now, in local, state and federal government? What about what’s happening around the world? How can we build a stronger democracy together?

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Citizen Rights & Responsibilities
What are our rights and responsibilities as citizens? How do we effectively discuss, debate, and improve our own ideas?

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How to Shape the Future
How do we work within the system to enact polices that will lead to meaningful and impactful change?

 
 

Have ideas? Help us build an easier way to learn about government for all Americans.

Are you a teacher, student, school administrator, education policy guru, or a member of the general public interested in being part of this program? 

We’re looking for your point of view. Our goal is to build a program through a collaborative effort with diverse voices across the nation.

Learning about your experiences and challenges today will help us craft the best possible curriculum for our future generation. 

As a thank-you for your input, you will be welcome to receive our new materials for feedback through a pilot program.

Share your thoughts with us as we build our new program this year.

 
 
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