“It’s going to really damage their idea of what democracy is,” said CIRCLE Director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg to limit civic education activities in the classroom.
“It's the kind of expertise the school board needs to be able to make decisions together with young people that actually reflect student views, experience and opinions,” said our director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg
The Christian Science Monitor
A common challenge discussed by educators examining curriculum is how to "include wide perspectives without compromising rigor," says Noorya Hayat, a senior researcher at CIRCLE.
CIRCLE director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg says youth voting and civic engagement is influenced by quality of civic education, school climate, and whether young people see themselves as civic agents or citizens.
Data from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University suggest 27 percent of young voters turned out.
A September analysis from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement found that voter registration among 18- and 19-year-olds is down compared with November 2018.
CIRCLE reports “research has shown that communities where young people vote, volunteer, help their neighbors and belong to groups or associations can be more prosperous and resilient places.”
A new report from researchers at the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University finds that the problem may not lie with young voters themselves... the civic education and engagement we expect to solve access issues can actually reinforce inequalities and influence who shows up at the polls.
Diverse Issues in Higher Education
“I think the hope is that by putting civics in a broader assessment framework, it will get the attention and care that it deserves from the education community,” said CIRCLE Senior Researcher Kelly Siegel-Stechler.
Our Newhouse Director, Dr. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, speaks on the 1A show about the state of civic education in the United States and how civics should impart the knowledge and skills to participate in democracy.
“If I grow up in a school where I feel like my voice is heard, I know who to go to for change, and I see that effected, that’s going to give me a much greater sense of political efficacy throughout my life than if I don’t have those kinds of experiences as a young person,” says CIRCLE's Kelly Siegel-Stechler.
The Boston Globe
CIRCLE Director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg co-authors an op-ed about the Educating for American Democracy Roadmap and its potential to transform K-12 civics in the United States.