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Why Civics Education Needs Social Justice

From an early age, each of us must navigate numerous social institutions, many of which were designed to perpetuate centuries-old inequities. For us to move in those spaces with power and agency, civic knowledge, skills and dispositions are essential. But alarming trends reveal a sharp decline in civics competency among adults in the United States, and participation in places that bring people together to solve common problems has withered, too. Civics education needs a critical social justice lens so people can fulfill the potential of a multiracial and inclusive democracy. These Learning for Justice resources can provide guidance to equip young people with an essential foundation in civics and to deepen their knowledge to realize their power as participants in democracy.

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