AAPSS Hosts Webinar: Civic Education in a Time of Democratic Crisis

On January 16, the American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS) hosted a webinar on “Civic Education in a Time of Democratic Crisis.” Esteemed panelists convened to address the pressing need for a revitalized approach to civic education.

Amidst deep political division, the webinar underscored the critical need to revisit and enhance the teaching of government, philosophy, and civics within our educational institutions. The panelists collectively called for a nationwide public dialogue aimed at redefining the content and methodology of student engagement in civic education. They stressed the importance of incorporating diverse historical perspectives and fostering an environment conducive to civil discourse, which they identified as foundational for promoting national unity and a positive cultural identity.

A significant portion of the discussion was dedicated to tackling what the panelists described as a “democratic crisis”. This crisis is characterized by a sense of disenfranchisement and the polarizing nature of civic participation, highlighting an urgent need for communities to play a more active role in shaping education.

For more insights, AAPSS elaborates further in their latest journal publication open to the public. AAPSS is a COSSA member organization. To view the webinar, visit here.

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