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Restoring the Balance Between Academics and Civic Engagement in Public Schools.

RESTORING THE BALANCE BETWEEN ACADEMICS AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Boston, B. Washington, DC: American Youth Policy Forum, 2005. Twenty-five years ago, the author of this report, Bruce Boston, contributed to the American Youth Policy Forum's challenge to the United States--A Nation at Risk. In it, he detailed student achievement data and drop-out statistics while arguing for an increased emphasis on academics in public schooling. Here, Boston points to the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act and the disturbing imbalance and obsession with academics. He notes that the emphasis on academic performance has overpowered the nation's responsibility to help our children become engaged and productive citizens of their communities. In developing his argument, Boston reminds us of the assessments of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the International Education Assessment Civic Education Study, and others that reported on the apathy in our youth, including voting patterns and disengagement from civic and political institutions. The report includes an action agenda for legislators, other policymakers, school administrators, teachers, and parents to help students become engaged in their communities and to perform academically. The report is organized around seven propositions and focuses on civic knowledge, skills, and performance. It will be particularly useful for those striving to expand our notion of American education to include civic education and engagement.

The report may be ordered from the American Youth Policy Forum, 1836 Jefferson Place, NW, Washington, DC 20036, or by calling 202-775-9731. The report is also available at no charge online at www.aypforg.
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Title Annotation:Special Publications
Publication:Childhood Education
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 22, 2005
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