Where is Citizenship Education in the Age of Common Core State Standards?

Matthew Knoester, Paul Parkison

Abstract


There was a time in United States history when the central argument for investing in public education was to ensure that voters were sufficiently informed about the issues of the day to make wise decisions: education for self-governance. According to multiple sources, voter ignorance remains a serious concern and this may be a factor in why the political system in the United States is not more responsive to the needs and preferences of the electorate. Based on an analysis of political discourse and educational policy initiatives, this essay argues that democratic citizenship education has been sidelined by the focus on education for jobs and the economy and outlines what a serious focus on education for active democratic citizenship should entail.


Keywords


Citizenship Education; Common Core State Standards; Critical Theory; Phenomenology

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ISSN 1920-4175 Critical Education