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Civics Is Dead

Civics Is Dead

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Examining the decline of American history and civics education in our schools
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Poll after poll, interview after interview, survey after survey, and assessment after assessment consistently show that the students of America do not know the basic history of our country or the essential responsibilities and rights of being an American citizen. 23 minutes of history education in a school day is not enough. Join educator Cindy Schwartz for a deep dive into the reasons why the study of American history and civics has been sidelined. Because if civics is really dead, then what happens next?A production of LIU Public Radio. Visit us at WCWP.org
S1E1 - What’s Wrong?

S1E1 - What’s Wrong?

2019-10-1419:00

In the first episode of Civics Is Dead, we lay out the statistics that let us know that something is terribly wrong with the knowledge (and lack thereof) that American students have about their own country’s political history. How does this bode for the future of the United States?A production of LIU Public Radio. Visit us at WCWP.org
The plot thickens as we unravel the results of a 2018 survey conducted by The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation that details the sad state of Americans’ knowledge of their own history. In other words, didn’t climate change cause the Cold War?A production of LIU Public Radio. Visit us at WCWP.org
S1E3 - The Why

S1E3 - The Why

2019-10-1420:23

It's time to explore the reasons WHY schools aren’t devoting more classroom time to teaching social studies, history and civics. Could it have something to do with leaving someone behind?A production of LIU Public Radio. Visit us at WCWP.org
We tackle the 2009 roll-out of President Barack Obama’s “Race To The Top” education reform initiative to see if our schools, teachers, and students improved. Although, one can’t help but wonder if anyone really wins when the focus is only on winning?A production of LIU Public Radio. Visit us at WCWP.org
We examine the results of the 2018 Brown Center Report on American Education and see how the results reveal a path forward – a path that will lead us to “fixing the problem” while making civics education classes the highlight of a student’s day! Let’s do this.A production of LIU Public Radio. Visit us at WCWP.org
We continue our look at how to address the problem of the decreasing amount of time American schools are devoting to the teaching of American history, civics and social studies. Using the 2018 Brown Center Report on American Education, we look at our nation’s Social Studies teachers and their demographics. Finally, we go over some suggestions for future sampler lessons and a mandate to teachers across the United States. Make your lessons more experiential or risk failure in guaranteeing the survival of participatory democracy in the United States. Because in the end, it’s all about the teacher.A production of LIU Public Radio. Visit us at WCWP.org
Bonus: Oh Happy Day

Bonus: Oh Happy Day

2020-03-1217:57

“Oh Happy Day” - Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote!On August 18th, 1920, after one hundred years of activism and protesting, women received the right to vote in the United States with the ratification of the 19th Amendment by the United States Congress. The door swung wide open and women entered the political arena eager to practice the civic responsibilities that had been previously granted only to American males.Join us as we honor those who fought and those who continue to fight for women’s right to participate equally in our Democratic process. A place at the table...all Americans are entitled to it and all Americans need to be sure they never lose it!A production of LIU Public Radio. Visit us at WCWP.org and follow us on Twitter @CivicsIsDead
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