NO. R-157. JOINT RESOLUTION RELATING TO A CIVICS EDUCATION FORUM.
Offered by: Committee on Education.
Whereas, the Constitution of the State of Vermont recognizes that self‑government requires greater responsibility and understanding than is required by other forms of government, and
Whereas, it is the responsibility of government to promote and encourage citizenship through its system of education, and
Whereas, self-government relies on the engagement and involvement of its citizens, and
Whereas, many 18- and 19-year-olds are not registered to vote, and in recent elections, many of those registered did not vote, and
Whereas, national assessments have shown that many secondary school students do not meet proficiency levels in their knowledge of civics or history of the United States, and
Whereas, it is recognized that within Vermont schools, there are examples of outstanding civics instruction, and
Whereas, one of the primary functions of education is to promote and encourage an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to a republican form of government and actively engaged in the practice of democracy, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly accepts the Vermont Bar Association’s willingness to address, in conjunction with other interested organizations, these issues by conducting a survey of civics education best practices and an inventory of related resources available to assist Vermont educators with civics instruction, to hold a forum in which people engaged in civics education can share their best practices, activities, and resources, and to produce a catalogue of civics education resources and activities available in Vermont schools.
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