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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Giving Charlotte's students an advantage


Recently, civics education has been in the news. The National Assessment of Educational Progress released its 2010 Nation's Civics Report Card, and the results were not good. About 1/4 of 4th and 8th graders and 1/3 of 12th graders scored proficient or higher. Why? So much emphasis and funding is directed at schools on math, reading and science, among other things.

The New York Times weighed in with a title that says it all: Failing Grades on Civics Exam a 'Crisis'. Dozens of other news organizations covered the story too.

In March, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made a case for effective civics education. He touted programs that combine classroom education with community civic learning opportunities.

That's just what Kids Voting Mecklenburg is doing to give Charlotte-area K-12 students an advantage. Programs and resources help students in school (supporting goals in civics, history, reading, writing and 21st century learning), increase civic literacy, and develop effective citizens and leaders.