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CIVITAS: A Framework for Civic Education


reviewed by Harry Boyte 1994

coverTitle: CIVITAS: A Framework for Civic Education
Author(s): Charles N. Quigley
Publisher: Center for Civic Education, Calabasas
ISBN: 0898181240, Pages: , Year: 1991
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The United States faces a considerable irony for those concerned with civic education: Little evidence exists that civic education, inside or outside schools, today produces much citizenship. Though no consensus exists about what citizenship or civic education involves (Richard E. Gross and Thomas L. Dynneson, in their 1991 Social Science Perspectives on Citizenship Education, note eight different approaches(n1)), most educators would probably concur with the themes advanced by R. Freeman Butts in 1980: "Civic learning embraces the fundamental values of the political community, a realistic . . . knowledge of the working of political institutions, and the skills of political behavior required for effective participation in a democracy."(n2) From this vantage, however, the state of civic learning is problematic, indeed. Despite higher voter interest in the 1992 election than in recent years, Americans continued to distance themselves from what they understood as "politics." Times Mirror Center reported that young Americans, for the first time since World War II, are less knowledgeable about public issues and events than their... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 95 Number 3, 1994, p. 414-418
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 134, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 5:02:25 PM

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