CitizenshipFirst believes in passionate advocacy to restore the public purpose of education, and being a creative driver of innovation in teaching and learning about our shared civic ideals. Whether you’re a policymaker, an educator, or a citizen, we have resources for you.
Shortchanging the Future: The Crisis of History and Civics in American Schools
The collective grasp of basic history and civics among American students is alarmingly weak. This white paper by CitizenshipFirst’s Robert Pondiscio, Gilbert T. Sewall, and Sandra Stotsky, with a foreword by Walter A. McDougall notes that U.S. students’ poor performance in history and civics portends a decay of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for a lifetime of active, engaged citizenship.
Charter Schools as Nation Builders: Democracy Prep and Civic Education
This policy brief from the American Enterprise Institute looks at Democracy Prep, where CitizenshipFirst is based. It is the first in a series of in-depth case studies from AEI exploring how top-performing charter schools have incorporated civic learning in their school curriculum and school culture.
Making Americans: UNO Charter Schools and Civic Education
Chicago’s UNO Charter School Network’s schools serve a student body that is 95 percent Hispanic. This policy brief from the American Enterprise Institute, written by CitizenshipFirst founder David Feith, examines UNO’s citizenship education efforts, which are focused on assimilation and Americanization.