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What’s the Right Way to Teach Civics?

The institute’s ambitions go well beyond the Republican-leaning parts of the U.S., though; it hopes to bring its total to twenty states by next year and to cover the map by the following year. “We definitely have the image of a more conservative organization, but have been very, very careful to promote our citizen-education initiative as a bipartisan, good-government initiative,” Riggs said. Aiming to create upstanding citizens might seem like a secondary or tertiary goal of education—less important than preparing students for college, setting them up to make a decent living, or instilling a love of learning. But it was one of the main reasons the U.S. established public schools.