Civics education should actively engage students

Rather than stick to facts, figures and memorization when teaching civics, educators should approach government and history education differently, writes Suzanne Schmitz, an attorney and professor emeritus from Southern Illinois University. Schmitz echoes retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's call for civics education to focus on student participation. That means everything from role-playing in the classroom to volunteering with community projects, Schmitz writes in this opinion article.

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Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale, Herrin, Murphysboro)

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