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April 4, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Tireless quest for more civics instruction winning backers

Illustration by Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times.

Illustration by Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times.

No one can accuse Web Hutchins of being all talk or shying from the public square.

For three years, the Madison Middle School history teacher has been beating the drum to incorporate more civics into Washington’s public school curriculum with his Civics for All initiative.

Now he’s persuaded legislators in both the Seattle City and King County councils to endorse that notion, too.

Citizenship should be “as vital as the ‘Three Rs,” agreed County Council Chairman Larry Phillips, prime sponsor of the motion, which garnered unanimous support in a vote on March 17.

Hutchins’ belief in the importance of civics is not merely a matter of personal opinion. An Education Lab blog post in February noted several national studies that suggest teaching students about representative democracy is a powerful tool for academic engagement.

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