Mills Professor Joseph Kahne Featured on Huffington Post
Oakland, CA–June 18, 2014 As a result of California’s curriculum standards, educators are finding it harder and harder to support youth civic engagement. In a recent blog on the Huffington Post, Mills College Professor of Education Joseph Kahne explains an alternative approach that’s showing signs of success.
A new initiative recently implemented by the Oakland Unified School District called Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age expands the district’s focus from preparing all students to be “college and career ready” to preparing all students to be “college, career, and community ready.” It allows teachers to implement innovative curriculum for grades 9–12 and provides students with the capacities and commitments they need to address community concerns. Now the California Task Force on K–12 Civic Learning believes this emphasis on learning about community needs and responding to them should become the norm, rather than the exception.
Kahne is chair of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics and a member of the California Task Force on K–12 Civic Learning.