what should New Hampshire do about civic education?

(Concord, NH) I have been meeting with the New Hampshire Task Force on Civic Education, which includes a very engaged and thoughtful Justice David Souter. The Task Force is seeking to define what “civic education” should achieve in the Granite State and has decided that providing voluntary educational opportunities for current teachers will be its best investment. I agree with that because there really isn’t any evidence that any set of state requirements, tests, or standards has changed students’ experiences or outcomes in civics. That means that the Task Force is unlikely to help kids by promoting any policy reform at the state level, unless there is a strong infrastructure for teachers to learn about both content and pedagogy.

About Peter

Associate Dean for Research and the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University's Tisch College of Civic Life. Concerned about civic education, civic engagement, and democratic reform in the United States and elsewhere.
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