A resolution establishing an annual "Civic Day for the Teacher" and sponsored by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-15th) was signed into law Monday.
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 said the special day not only highlights the important role of civic education in a participatory democracy but it hopefully will also 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.