What We Must Do

The Civics Alliance supports the vision of the Civics Education Open Letter and Civics Curriculum Statement. This document provides the principles that should guide civics education, from kindergarten to education school. They also provide enough programmatic detail to guide education reformers and policymakers as they work constructively to renovate traditional civics education and to ensure that civics education reform will preclude both the New Civics and myopic attempts to compromise with the advocates of the New Civics.

These documents emphasize what can be done at the state and local levels, both because New Civics advocates currently guide federal policy and because the state governments and the localities still control the bulk of public education. Yet the Civics Alliance will work at whatever level of government offers the opportunity for constructive civics education reform.

The Civics Education Open Letter and Civics Curriculum Statement emphasize the following principles: