Researchers at the University of California Riverside, and UCLA report school districts throughout California are largely failing to teach civics to students from kindergarten through grade 12.
The researchers are voicing concerns that students are growing up with little or no appreciation of what it means to be a citizen of the United States.
The surveys are in a report titled “Reclaiming the Democratic Purpose of California’s Public Schools.” It’s part of the Leveraging Equity & Access in Democratic Education – – LEADE — Initiative supported by UCR and UCLA.
It found 87% — seven of every eight — school districts surveyed in California failed to include any mention of “civics, citizen, citizenship or democracy” in online literature, reflecting the lack of interest and resources dedicated to such programs.
In fact, the authors confirmed that of the 31 districts sampled, only 29% had a single administrator or staffer assigned to “history and social sciences.”
71% of school districts in California had at least one dedicated staff person for English Language Arts, and 55% had at least one staff member for math, and 58% had at least one staffer for science.
The full report can be found at
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