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September 20, 2010

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Karl Kurtz

The following comment comes from Ted McConnell, director of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools. Ted rightfully points out that I was perhaps too flip in my assessment of the campaign's branding effort.

"Frankly I don't care what its called, as long as it is taught systematically and effectively to all students throughout their educational career. The Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools (of which, we are proud to say, NCSL is a founding member) uses the term Civic Learning to convey the necessary elements of effective civic education. These elements include classroom instruction in civics & government, history, economics, law and geography; service learning linked to classroom learning; experiential learning; learning through participation in models and simulations of democratic processes; guided classroom discussion of current issues and events, and meaningful participation in school governance. "Education for Democracy" is our tag-line; ensuring effective civic learning for all students is our mission; revitalizing and bringing civic education into the 21st Century is our goal. And, thanks for the shout-out for Justice O'Connor's iCivics program, its a very informative and engaging civic learning program that should be used in all schools."

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