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This essay explores the value and state of civics education in the United States and identify five challenges facing those seeking to improve its quality and accessibility: 1) ensuring that the quality of civics education is high is not a state or federal priority; 2) social studies textbooks do not facilitate the development of needed civic skills; 3) upper-income students are better served by our schools than are lower-income individuals; 4) cutbacks in funds available to schools make implementing changes in civics education difficulty and 5) reform efforts are complicated by the fact that civics education has become a pawn in a polarized debate among partisans.
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Jamieson, K. H. (2013). The Challenges Facing Civic Education in the 21st Century. Daedalus, 142 (2), 65-83. https://doi.org/10.1162/DAED_a_00204
Date Posted: 15 April 2014
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