Policy Documents

How to Enrich Civic Education and Sustain Democracy

James Youniss –
October 20, 2011

Schools can and should encourage a strong civic education, writes James Youniss of the Catholic University of America, and can also do so without indoctrinating children. He suggests three methods: informed, civil discussion and debate; student government with input into school management; and volunteering. Each approach is supported by research demonstrating its ability to help form thoughtful, engaged citizens.