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RATIONALE:

CIVICS EDUCATION ACROSS
THE NEW YORK STATE LEARNING STANDARD AREAS

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Civics education develops from specific content, concepts, and skills fundamental to all New York State Learning Standards.  The integration of civics education throughout your local school district’s prekindergarten – grade 12 curricular and instructional programs is one way to foster a standards-based teaching and learning community.  Such integration represents the essence of a standards-based education – an approach that gives context to content, and infuses meaning and value into teaching and learning.  Learning communities that explore the meaning of legal systems, and the rights and responsibilities available through them, engage students in discourse and enhance their awareness of multiple perspectives.   

Reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking are important processes in helping students to

By studying the purposes of governments around the world, students gain perspectives on

An economic dimension to civics helps students to

Civics education connects students to the issues that affect their daily lives – and the lives of all people – in multiple areas, such as the following:


References

Advancing the Civic Mission of Schools: What Schools, District, and State and Federal Leaders Can Do. Washington, DC: Academy for Educational Development (for the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools), 2004.

National Standards for Civics and Government. Calabasas, CA: Center for Civic Education, 1994.

Social Studies Resource Guide with Core Curriculum. Albany, NY: State Education Department, 1999.


    “No member of this state shall be disfranchised, or deprived of any of the rights or privileges secured to any citizen thereof…”

(The Constitution of the State of New York, Article I, Sec. I)