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Censorship and Civics Education: It’s a Touchy Subject


by Denise Dávila & Meghan Barnes — October 19, 2016

This commentary responds to the ways public school teachers have become the scapegoats for young Americans’ civic disengagement. Despite states’ curriculum standards that could support teens’ civic engagement, there are inherent and pervasive social norms related to top-down politics that govern school communities. Some public school teachers are forced to choose between censoring political topics from discussion or potentially diminishing their job security.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 19, 2016
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 21686, Date Accessed: 8/20/2017 1:29:08 PM

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  • Denise Dávila
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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    DENISE DÁVILA is an Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
  • Meghan Barnes
    University of Georgia
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    MEGHAN BARNES is a Graduate Teaching Assistant and PhD Student at the University of Georgia.
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