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Report: California Schools Fall Short on Civics Education


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President Barack Obama tours a seventh grade classroom.
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President Barack Obama tours a seventh grade classroom.

What can California schools do to improve civic engagement? The U.S. ranks near the bottom of the world's democracies in voter participation, and less than half of California's high school seniors consider active involvement in state and local issues their responsibility. That's according to a report released Tuesday by a state task force set up to revitalize K-12 civic education in California. How can schools help students get more interested and involved with issues in their community and government?

Host: Mina Kim

Guests:

  • David Gordon, superintendent of the Sacramento County Office of Education
  • Joseph Kahne, professor of education at Mills College, research director of the Civic Engagement Research Group and former member of the Civic Learning Task Force
  • Robin Mencher, director of Education and Media Learning for KQED
  • Young Whan Choi, history and civic engagement coordinator for the Oakland Unified School District

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