Schools Teach Civics, But Do They Model It?


Civics education has been on the decline for decades. Post-2016, there has been a resurgence in youth activism and interest in ramping up civics education in the United States. But one of the core challenges for U.S. schools is that the very institution tasked with conveying civic values -- schools -- are also permitted to curtail them for students (by searching lockers, censoring various forms of speech). In this provocative session, we explore on the ground how this plays out.

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  1. Learn about the current state of U.S. K-12 civics education and the main approaches for trying to improve it.
  2. Learn the special challenges that schools face in communicating civic values, such as freedom of speech and due process.
  3. Provide feedback to inform Education Week's continuing examination of the state of civics in the U.S. and what can be done to improve it.



Stephen Sawchuk, Associate Editor, Education Week

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