Accession Number : ADA593386


Title :   Protecting America Through Better Civic Education


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Ravert, Brian P


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a593386.pdf


Report Date : Sep 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 91


Abstract : How does civic education affect homeland security? A civic education curriculum that provides for the foundations of our youths individual and collective identity may significantly contribute to the preservation of our democracy and enhance homeland security. Through a civic education, students can enhance their grasp of the concepts of our American representative democracy and learn the tenets of good citizenship, critical thinking, and the ability to self-govern. Presidential Directive Number Eight (8) clearly indicates the need for national preparedness using a whole of nation approach. The plan requires robust citizen engagement. To have an informed engaged citizenry and for a democracy to thrive, the populace must be educated. But there is no guidance or mention of the education of American youth or how such education may play a role in achieving the goals of national preparedness. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reported in 2010 that only 27 percent of the nation s fourth-grade students were proficient in civics. Only 22 percent and 24 percent of eighth-grade and twelfth-grade students, respectively, were proficient in the area. Civic education must provide youth with a personal and collective identity.


Descriptors :   *EDUCATION , *HOMELAND SECURITY , FOUNDATIONS(STRUCTURES) , NATIONAL DEFENSE , POPULATION , SKILLS , YOUTH


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Civil Defense


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE