Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

U.S. Department of Education Calls for Action to Develop 21st-Century Citizens, Strengthen Democracy

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

U.S. Department of Education Calls for Action to Develop 21st-Century Citizens, Strengthen Democracy

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WASHINGTON. D.C.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, along with several Obama administration and education officials, has launched a national conversation about the importance of educating students for informed, engaged citizenship with the release of the Department of Education's report, Civic Learning and Engagement in Democracy: A Road Map and Call to Action. The release coincides with the publication of a final report from the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement, A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy's Future, which was commissioned by the department.

"Today's students are tomorrow's leaders, and giving them a strong foundation in civic values is critical to the vitality of America's democracy and economy in the 21st century," Duncan said. "This call to action is an opportunity to develop and improve civic learning as part of a wellrounded education so every student has a sense of citizenship."

The new reports were the focus of an event at the White House, "For Democracy's Future: Education Reclaims Our Civic Mission," which brought together administration officials and education leaders for a series of discussions about advancing civic learning throughout the education pipeline. …

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