This book taps the best American thinkers to answer the essential American question: How do we sustain our experiment in government of, by, and for the people? To remain America, our country has to give its kids a civic identity, an understanding of our constitutional system, and some appreciation of the amazing achievement of American self-government. Yet schools often do no such thing. Young Americans know little about the founding fathers, the Bill of Rights, the structure of government, or the civilrights movement. Three of every four high-school seniors aren't proficient in civics, and the problem is aggravated by universities' disregard for civic education. This undermines healthy citizenship. It disenfranchises would-be voters-especially the poorand minorities-it weakens America's common culture, and it poisons political discourse. That is the subject of this book, authored by an extraordinary and politically diverse roster of public officials, scholars, and educators. In these pages, they describe our nation's civic education problem, assess its causes, offer an agenda for reform, and explain the high stakes at risk if we fail.NOTES With the permission of CQ Press, portions of this chapter were adapted from America, the Ownera#39;s Manual: ... National Conference on Citizenship, a Americaa#39;s Civic Health Index 2009, a August 2009. 2. ... Michael McDonald, a2008 General Election Turnout Rates, a United States Elections Project, October 10, 2010, anbsp;...
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