Pleasanton Weekly

News - August 27, 2010

First Friday in December becomes California Civics Day for Teachers

Assemblywoman Buchanan's resolution wins Legislature's OK

by Jeb Bing

A resolution establishing an annual "Civics Day for the Teacher" and sponsored by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-15th) was signed into law Aug. 9.

The resolution, ACR 111, establishes the first Friday in December as Civics Day and is meant to illustrate the importance of teaching civics in all grade levels.

Buchanan, whose 15th Assembly District includes part of Pleasanton, said the special day not only highlights the important role of civic education in a participatory democracy but it hopefully also will encourage staff development for teachers who want to strengthen the teaching of civics in their classrooms. It's consistent with the goal of the California Civic Mission of Schools.

The resolution as passed by the State Assembly reads:

WHEREAS, Civic education is vital to the development of the skills and knowledge needed to become an informed and engaged citizen; and

WHEREAS, Studies show that most pupils lack a proficient understanding of civics, including government, history, law, and democracy; and

WHEREAS, A teacher's knowledge and understanding of civics and government and the ability to communicate with and inspire pupils are essential in providing pupils with high-quality instruction in civic education; and

WHEREAS, Teachers should be encouraged to participate in professional development opportunities that broaden their knowledge and enhance their ability to provide high-quality instruction in civic education; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, that the Legislature proclaims the first Friday in December as California Civics Day for Teachers, and urges all local educational agencies to encourage teachers to participate in professional development opportunities focused on civics on that day.

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