What do these seven Presidents have in common?
“Our humanity rests upon a series of learned behaviors, woven together into patterns that are infinitely fragile and never directly inherited.”
Listen to a 1950s radio interview Margaret Mead did with Ed Murrow: Read More >>
Table of Contents:
- Our Common Purposes In Community Life
- How We Depend Upon One Another In Community Life
- The Need For Cooperation In Community Life
- Why We Have Government
- What Is Citizenship?
- What Is Our Community?
- Our National Community
- A World Community
- The Community And The Home
- Education And The Community
- The Community's Health
- The Social, Aesthetic, And Religious Life Of The Community
- The Protection Of Property
- Highways And Transportation
- Earning A Living
- Team Work In Industry
- How Government Serves Our Economic Interests Our Land And Its Resources
- Property Rights
- Dependent, Defective, And Delinquent Members Of The Community
- Team Work In Taxation
- How We Govern Ourselves
- Township And County Governments
- Our City Government
- Our State Governments
- Our National Government
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"Dunn's Civics" taught our grandparents the civic virtues and beliefs that got us through the Great Depression...
In both his civics books, published in the early 1920s, Community Civics for City Schools and Community Civics and Rural Life.
Dunn lists the underlying features of community civics as follows:
1. The demonstration to the young citizen, by reference to his own observation and experience, of the meaning of his community life (local and national), and of government in its relation to that life.
2. The cultivation of certain habits, ideals, and attitudes essential to effective participation in that life through government and otherwise.
We are very far from Dunn’s ideals today. The responsibility of preparing our young people to play their full part as citizens has diminished due to “teaching to the test” curricula and standardized evaluative measures.
Indeed, civics teaching in Dunn’s sense of the term has been declining rapidly since the early 1930s, and since the 1970s has been almost non-existent in our schools.
It is time to rectify this state of affairs. Hence our National Civics Education Program, from grade 7 through college. This will consist of two parts:
A two-year civics course for grades 7 and 8. The core of the course is the revision of Arthur Dunn’s civics texts, based upon the students’ own experience in his/her community This would be accomplished by the use of eLearning and student-produced video, and the full range of web tools combined with the techniques of investigative journalism and “open source intelligence.”
Grade 9 through college: establish a public service role (or virtual internship using social media) for students in the oversight of Federal Agencies.
Please note: we applaud and encourage the numerous other civics initiatives that have evolved over the last few years (see examples below). Our National Civics Education Program differs from other approaches in that it marries Dunn's philosophy to the way in which young people now explore and learn about their world - through technology.
- The Center for Civic Education, civiced.org
- The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, civicyouth.org
- Sandra Day O’Connor, icivics.org
- The Dreyfuss Initiative, thedreyfussinitiative.org: “To teach our kids how to run our country before they are called upon to run our country... if we don’t, someone else will run the country.”