The Importance of Civics Education for the Next Generation
While the majority of American students are not old enough to vote, the next generation of leaders are already making their voices heard. The March 2018 March for Our Lives is one example of how today’s youth mobilize around social issues.
However, behind this activism lies a troubling statistic. In its most recent benchmarking, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) found that only 23% of eighth graders performed at or above the proficient level on the civics exam. Knowing that today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders, how can the business community come together with educators and nonprofit partners to ensure that today’s students understand the importance of civics?
On May 2, join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Scholastic for a private sector roundtable to explore how the business community can help strengthen civics education in American classrooms and beyond. Attendees will have an exclusive opportunity to learn about innovative public-private partnerships, best practices for engaging with school administrators and municipal leaders and the efforts underway to support teacher training and techniques for holding constructive policy-related discussions with youth.
Civic education does more than teach students about the three branches of government, the political process, and debate strategy. It also helps cultivate important life skills and competencies at the core of democracy—news media literacy, social and emotional learning, critical thinking, responsibility and leadership, and collaboration.
Companies have a tremendous opportunity to ensure that students not only understand the tenets of civic government, as well as how to harness that knowledge to help build resilient and prosperous communities.