August 23, 2013 at 6:33 AM
Teaching our kids to be citizens
A word from a teacher
I am writing in response to the recent guest column by Web Hutchins and Judith Billings. [“Let’s teach our kids to be citizens,” Opinion, Aug. 21.]
The message that “Seattle can do a better job developing engaged citizens by strengthening education in civics” does not paint the whole picture, yet I concur with the crux of the column.
Seattle Public Schools publishes a curriculum map in “American government” (a high-school graduation requirement) that encompasses “civics,” state-required essential learning in social studies, common core social studies, and reading and writing standards.
The mock election idea is fantastic, a hands-on application of the democratic process, and an addition to our “American government” course, and while I agree that civics standards should be incorporated into a revision of the map, the notion that teachers like myself do not teach civics is misleading.
The course itself begs for civics instruction, and I assure your readers that 99 percent of my colleagues understand this and do teach it.
Jeff Morgen, social studies teacher and board member of the Seattle Education Association, Issaquah
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