Education task force wants civics lessons to take bigger priority in schools

Civics would be a bigger part of your kids’ school day under recommendations from an Indiana task force.

The 16-member task force of educators and representatives of all three branches of government says civics should be added to Indiana’s curriculum standards when they come up for review again in five years, with civics and political science courses added to the requirements for a teaching license.

Brown County Schools Superintendent Laura Hammack says civics deserves the same emphasis the so-called STEM subjects have gotten. She says civic education can be woven into how those courses are taught without adding burdens to teachers’ workloads.

The task force envisions elevating civic education in ways similar to what’s been done with science and math. It suggests certifying “democracy schools,” with at least 30 schools earning that designation in five years through programs from mock trial to volunteer projects. Teachers and students could receive extra recognition for excellence in those projects.

The task force recommends requiring fifth and eighth graders to complete a civic education project, getting involved in new initiatives either in their schools or in the community.

Shawn Healy, who chaired Illinois’s civic education task force says there are benefits beyond civics. He says Illinois found a correlation between teaching civics, better attendance and higher grades.

Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch chairs the task force, which grew out of Indiana’s biannual Civic Health Index.

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1 comment

Carman Greenlee November 24, 2020 at 3:49 pm

Crap like this civic garbage is exactly one of many reasons why home schooling is becoming more and more popular. No one should ever be forced to do a civics project in public schools. EVER!!!!! Civics and volunteer work should always be a choice IF the student wants to do it or not. It is not volunteer if the kids are forced to do a project. So thankful our families chose the better way of educating our kids. Forced civics and volunteer work is just plain BULLSHIT! Yet they want we parents to support public schools. WRONG!!!!!


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