“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” President Franklin D. Roosevelt
San Diego is part of a larger statewide effort that originated with our California Supreme Court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and California Department of Education of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson which examined civic learning by forming the California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning. This task force provided the blue print for action which provides recommendations on improving civic learning opportunities in all grade levels. The Power of Democracy Steering Committee has now replaced the Task Force, which is the statewide effort of which San Diego is one of the participating counties dedicated to working with educators and the community in providing civics learning opportunities using the six pillars of success.
Restoring Civic Literacy: Revitalizing Civic Education across our Community, April 17th, 2019 8:30-12:00
“An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.”Thomas Jefferson.
The focus for the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement’s 2019 Conference is Restoring Civic Literacy: Revitalizing Civic Education across our Community. The conference will convene educational and civic leaders from across our region and state to discuss current best practices and strategies to improve Civic education and literacy for students and across our broader community. Democracies can die in an age of post-truth. This conference is a broad call to action to restore truth, factions and knowledge to our public discourse.
This event is free. Please register in advance.
Featured Keynote Speaker: Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California:
“The Critical Role of Civic Education in Sustaining Democracy”
The California Judges Association is sponsoring an essay contest emphasizing the importance of an independent and impartial judiciary. The contest will be held in six regions of the state and the winner in each region will receive a $2000 scholarship. A grand prize winner will be selected from the regional winners and will receive a $5000 scholarship. The deadline to submit essays is February 28, 2019.
Featured Resource: iCivics
iCivics provides free, quality, non-partisan, and truly engaging civic education to more than 5 million students in all 50 states. Games and lesson plans transform abstract concepts into real-life problems. Young people learn how government works by experiencing it. They step into the role of a judge, a member of Congress, a community activist, even the President of the United States – and do the job they do. Students gain civic knowledge and skills because the learning experience is fun and challenging. They learn without even realizing it.
Students from the Encinitas Union School District illustrate why it is critical to “Understand Your Rights!”