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'It’s not about raising junior boycotters or junior activists, but about being an active, engaged citizen,'  said Larry Paska, executive director of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Proponents of action civics, an outgrowth of service learning that has students lobby for change in their communities, see it as a way to engage and empower students - but skeptics say students lack the foundational knowledge to be effective advocates. Read more»

History and Civics textbooks and curricula vary widely by state, and even by district. Mississippi is among the states seeking to ban the 1619 Project.

Americans argued over what to teach children about U.S. history since at least Reconstruction, the turbulent period that followed the Civil War, but as the nation has splintered along political and geographic lines, the fights have intensified and compounded the challenges facing social studies education. Read more»