Civic Education Forum

Civic Education Forum

State Representative Linda Dean Campbell

On Monday, June 12, 2017, caring citizens from all walks of life gathered at the Universalist Unitarian Church in Haverhill, MA to discuss the lack of and need for civic education in the schools of Massachusetts. Ms. Dean Campbell talked about the important legislation supporting civic education in Massachusetts schools. The forum was sponsored by LWVGH in cooperation with other area organizations including Greater Haverhill Indivisible.

The civic education proposal under consideration in the Massachusetts House and Senate that is supported by the League was sponsored by Linda Dean Campbell in the House (H2016) and Harriet Chandler in the Senate (S215). Its focus is to make sure that civics is taught in the schools and “requires every student to complete no less than 2 student-led civics projects administered in 2 separate grade levels as a graduation requirement and integrated into existing course curricula.” A hearing about this bill was held on June 13th at the MA House.

Here are the facts regarding the push for civic education.

Declining Civic Engagement

Civics Education in Schools

Civics Education Gap

Impact of Civics Education

Promise of Approaches the Emphasize Student-Led Civics Projects

Spillover Benefits of Project-Based Civics Education

There were a lot of interesting and diverse ideas put forth by the attendees. People were energized and their spirits were not dampened by the depressing heat both inside and out.

Please check out our photo gallery to see who was in attendance.