Building Better Citizens: A New Civics Education for All

Building Better Citizens: A New Civics Education for All

by Holly Korbey

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Educating for citizenship was the original mission of American schools, but for decades that knowledge—also known as civics education—has been in decline, as schools have shifted focus to college and career, STEM, and raising reading and math scores. But over the last few years, spurred on by political polarization and a steep decline in public understanding, civics education is seeing a nation-wide resurgence, as school leaders, educators, and parents recognize the urgency of teaching young people how America works—especially young people who have been marginalized from the political system.

But this isn’t your grandmother’s civics. The “new” civics has been updated and re-tooled for the phone-addicted, multi-cultural, globalized twenty-first century kid. From combatting “fake news” with fact checking in Silicon Valley, to reviving elementary school social studies in Nashville, to learning civic activism in Oklahoma City, journalist Holly Korbey documents the grassroots revival happening across the country. Along the way, she provides an essential guidebook for educators, school leaders and caregivers of all types who want to educate a new generation of engaged citizens at a critical time in American democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475843453
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/21/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Holly Korbey is an education and parenting journalist who writes about teaching and learning for a national audience. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, KQED MindShift, Edutopia and others. Follow her on Twitter at @HKorbey.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Is Democracy at Risk?

Chapter 1: Rise of the Twenty-First Century Citizen: For Today’s Young People, a New Civics

Chapter 2: Nurseries of a Free Republic: The Critical Role Schools Play in Teaching

New Civics Innovator: Seth Andrew, Democracy Prep, and the Civic Success Sequence

Chapter 3: A Tree without Roots: Repairing the History Knowledge Gap

New Civics Innovator: iCivics: Engaging the Twenty-First Century Kid with Video Games

Chapter 4: The Value of Virtue: Raising Citizens With Character

New Civics Innovator: Jack Bradley, “The Rosa Parks of Special Needs Students”

Chapter 5: Together We Can Do So Much: Revitalizing Communities for the Twenty-first Century

New Civics Innovators: The Young Voices in Newburgh, Indiana

Chapter 6: A Vaccine Against Fake News: Using Less Critical Thinking—Not More—to Protect Against Misinformation

New Civics Innovator: The Accidental Activist

Chapter 7: Learning How to Talk and Listen: Civil Discourse in a Polarized Age

Chapter 8: The Future’s Citizen: Can Action Civics Create a More Equitable Democracy?



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