I S S U E S
There are main 5 challenges that confront those working to improve the quality and accessibility of civic education in the schools:
neither the federal government nor the states have made high-quality civics education a priority
social studies textbooks may not adequately convey the knowledge or facilitate the development of the skills required of an informed, engaged citizen
consequential differences in access and outcomes between upper- and lower-class students persist
cutbacks in funding for schools make implementation of changes in any area of the curriculum difficult
polarized political climates increase the likelihood that curricular changes will be cast as advancing a partisan agenda.
Civic participation in the United States is disproportional, resulting in a “civic engagement gap” between socioeconomic, racial, and gender groups. Making A Village Radio wishes to embark on a mission to highlight those gaps and find ways to have action oriented, solution driven conversations.