Purpose Statement

The Kettering Foundation reports that citizens "believe that they do not -- cannot -- have a say in the system [because] there's no room left for their voices." CIVICS strives to inspire students to take an active participatory role in their community by educating them on what our government is and how it affects their lives. Students are encouraged to think critically about their rights and responsibilities as citizens through lessons on the Constitution and Bill of Rights. With challenging discussions and simulations, children in grades 6-8 learn to evaluate, critique, and appreciate the democratic process through 8 weekly classes. Groups of 2 or 3 CIVICS instructors teach in social studies classrooms of 15 to 25 students in the Boston and Cambridge public schools. For more information, please contact Mike Love (mlove@fas).

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