CIVICS FOR ALL
The Civics for All Initiative seeks to make Seattle a model civics education city where a “civic culture of learning” is cultivated and democratic principles are celebrated K-12 and district-wide.
This streamlined, non-partisan policy proposal calls for K-12 civics instructional awareness “across the curriculum,” increased civics and media literacy in each grade of the social studies, and district-wide voting in mock elections each November.
Civics for All is “Civics in the Core” because civics studies align so smoothly with the coming Common Core State Standards’ emphasis on distilling argumentative claims from non-fiction texts.
Civics for All, featured in the April 2012 edition of Educational Leadership magazine, treats citizenship education as a fundamental student right that is central to our schools’ purpose. To restore this neglected right is a civic imperative that is being proudly embraced across Seattle!
Support has been tremendous! Many civic leaders support the proposal, including Washington State Legislative Representatives Eric Pettigrew, Sharon Tomiko-Santos, and Reuven Carlyle; City Council member Bruce Harrell; former Sec. of State Sam Reed; professors from Seattle U., the UW, and Stanford; organizations like CityClub; and teachers and citizens from all around the district and city. See complete list of Supporters here.
Citizens seem most excited by the Initiative’s proposed city-wide mock elections in which 50,000 scholar citizens will annually participate in democracy’s most sacred act: VOTING! If Superintendent Banda endorses the Initiative, King County Elections and the Secretary of State’s office have both committed to helping facilitate a student-friendly experience, with KCE providing customized, age-appropriate voter’s pamphlets, ballots,and voter registration materials and SOS providing on-line voting and detailed statistical voting analysis.
Just picture it: Seattle’s civic life will POP each fall as 50,000 students from 97 schools people explore and choose sides on the issues, ideas, and initiatives of the day!