Technology Can Help Students Learn Civics Lessons
he rap on kids these days is that they don’t know much about civic life, and they care even less. But a growing group of scholars says the problem isn’t with the kids, but rather with an outdated approach to teaching civics. The public square is increasingly online, they argue, and that’s where civics education needs to go, too. Instead of addressing our civics shortcomings just by adding more classes and mandating tests, we should tap technology to better engage young people in both the learning and the doing of democracy.