Feb 05, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York State Bar Association says there has been "a shocking level of decline" in Americans' understanding of democracy and its framework and is calling on state education leaders to renew emphasis on civics and put it on a par with math and science.
In a report, the association's Law Youth and Citizenship Committee says social studies has become a "secondary curriculum" in schools. Go to full article
Johnsburg 10th grader practicing her camera skills
Nov 07, 2006 — Voting is the most basic activity of democracy, yet in this country half of us don't bother. In young people, between 18 and 25, it's 75 percent. That's not for lack of trying to get out the youth vote. Last election, millions of dollars were spent to get kids to register and vote, but when all was said and done, the percentage stayed the same. Maybe we're waiting too long.
A new project that combines journalism and civics engages kid early - before they're eligible to vote -- and places them in the path of people who take their citizenship seriously. It's called The Face of Democracy, and tenth graders from Johnsburg are one of three pioneering classes in the nation to take it on. Oakland, California, and St. Paul, Minnesota are the other sites. Journalist Sue Halpern is one of the national organizers of The Face of Democracy. She's also training and mentoring the Johnsburg class, along with photographer Woody Widlund. Martha Foley talked with her yesterday, as she was packing up for the big day today. Go to full article