By: Eileen Murphy Buckley. The critical thinking and mathematical habits of mind students should learn in math class will be essential to success in their careers, civic life and even their personal lives. Here are ways to engage students in the math classroom.
An unintended consequence of the intense focus on English and math standards and assessments in the NCLB decade is that civics took a back seat. “We believe it is a great mistake to push civics to the sideline in schools,” says former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. “Unfortunately, a staggering number of Americans today know dismayingly little about the basic history and traditions of our democracy. Nationwide, more than a third of all high school seniors today lack even basic civics knowledge and skills.”