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Democracy Is Not A Spectator Sport: The Vital Role of Social Studies Teachers



Webinar: Democracy Is Not A Spectator Sport: The Vital Role of Social Studies in Safeguarding Our Rights

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT

America is an exceptional nation built on a Declaration of Independence and a Constitution that offer a rare collection of inalienable rights and guaranteed freedoms. Freedom of Speech. Freedom of Religion. Freedom to Assemble. Freedom of the Press. The right to vote. The right to appeal. The right to bear arms.

But let's be honest. A "just government" requires the "consent of the governed," as Jefferson declared. That is the essence of American democracy. But it is an ideal that must be defended and preserved by vigilant civic engagement. Democracy is not a spectator sport.

Kenneth C. Davis, the New York Times-bestselling author of Don't Know Much About® History, as well as author of the ALA Notable and YALSA finalist In the Shadow of Liberty, believes that history, civics, and social studies teachers have a unique role to play in addressing the situation now confronting our schools, classrooms, and the nation. He will lead a discussion of surrounding threats to democracy and what teachers can do about it.

Please be prepared to participate by bringing your own questions and ideas as the webinar focuses on practical responses both in and out of the classroom for underscoring the tremendous value of civics engagement.

The webinar will be moderated by NCSS President Elect, Tina Heafner.

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