Students who recall having received better civic education are more likely to vote and be civically engaged.
White students and students from higher socioeconomic backgrounds experience higher quality civics education than other students.
Only 38% of social studies teachers think they would get strong support from their district to teach about an election, and only 28% think parents would strongly support them.
The Teaching for Democracy Alliance (TFDA) was
created to address these realities.
It was formed in 2016 as a collective voice to
encourage democratic learning and to better equip
K-12 teachers and administrators to bring
practical democracy lessons to their students.
TFDA is composed of 16 national nonpartisan organizations, whose work spans all 50 states and directly supports more than 8 million young people, 220,000 educators, and engaged community members across the country.
- An informed citizenry is important and can be cultivated early through civic learning.
- All students need access to opportunities to learn about core democratic processes like elections and voting.
- A variety of high quality and culturally relevant resources are needed to reach all teachers and students
- It's important for student learning to acknowledge political actors and to model democratic practice.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that runs education programs dedicated to cultivating the next generation of citizen-leaders. Each year we work with thousands of teachers, and tens of thousands of students from across the country to help foster engaged and informed citizens.
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Source for statistics at top of page: "All Together Now: Collaboration and Innovation for Youth Engagement", 2013