School Improvement in Maryland

The Role of Civic Education

A Forthcoming Education Policy Task Force Position Paper from the Communitarian Network

Margaret Stimmann Branson,
Associate Director Center for Civic Education --September 1998

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. What is civic education?
  3. What are the essential components of a good civic education?
    • Civic knowledge
    • Civic skills: intellectual and participatory
    • Civic dispositions: essential traits
  4. Where and how does civic education take place?
    • Formal instruction
    • The informal curriculum
  5. What evidence is there of the need to improve civic education?
  6. What is the relationship between civic education and character education?
  7. Policy Recommendations
  8. Conclusion
  9. References

This paper is a forthcoming Education Policy Task Force position paper from:

The Communitarian Network
2130 H Street, N.W., Suite 714J
Washington, DC 20052
(202)994-8167/fax (202)994-1606

National Campaign to Promote Civic Education