Thursday, January 12, 2012

Democracy's Future: Renewing the Civic Mission of Our Schools

by David Hiller, President & CEO

There was an important national convening at the White House on Tuesday: "For Democracy’s Future: Education Reclaims our Civic Mission" addressing the critical, but too often neglected, role that higher education must play in preparing the next generation, not only to be career-ready, but also to be great citizens. The session released an excellent report and call to action – with specific recommendations – from the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement. The report and other materials from the meeting can be found on the Department of Education’s website You can find a video of the session on the White House’s YouTube channel.

This initiative builds on previous work related to improving civic education and civic engagement in K-12 education, including the recently released report "Guardian of Democracy: the Civic Mission of Schools" supported by the McCormick Foundation. You can find a link to that report and more information in our Research & Reports section.

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