Non-profit leaders and educators discussed how the United States can strengthen its civics education.
What does a well-rounded civic education look like? One California group has an answer that looks remarkably like the curriculum for high school journalism.
Journalism education: It's not just for journalists, anymore.That could've been the headline on a newly released study from our friends at Tufts University, whose research continues cementing the connection between healthy news-consumption habits and participatory citizenship.In a report just posted by Tufts' Civic Youth project, researcher Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg finds almost unanimous agreement among high school civics educators that, to be well-prepared for adult life, students need the ability to gather and produce credible information -- the skill set we're accustomed to calling "journalism."Encouragingly, the vast majority of survey respondents said they commonly assign reading news articles as part of civics curriculum.
When school censors prevent students from discussing controversial issues, it's not just harmful to journalism -- it's harmful to citizenship.
Youth will need digital media literacy skills to critically engage with all the information (and misinformation) they can now find online, to seek out a range of perspectives, and to be thoughtful about the content they circulate and create.That's among the big-picture takeaways from a groundbreaking new study, "All Together Now: Collaboration and Innovation for Youth Engagement," just released by Tufts University as the product of the nation's leading scholars in civic education.The Oct.