Minnesota Civic Education Survey

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WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS SURVEY?

The purpose of this survey is to gather information about how schools and districts across Minnesota are delivering civics-related courses and extracurricular opportunities. This information can be used in several ways. First, it can be shared with educators who are curious to know “how are others doing it?”

Individual educator names will not be included in any reporting.

Second, it can be used to highlight high-quality practices in schools and districts, elevating the value of civic education and making it easier for educators statewide to learn about and implement those practices.

Third, it can be shared with policy makers who are looking for data as well as anecdotes and past experiences to inform proposed education policies.

We value your experience and insights and are grateful for your participation in this voluntary survey.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE SURVEY?

The survey is designed to capture details about civic education in your school, with specific attention given to proven practices that constitute a well-rounded and high-quality civic education experience, as detailed in the “The Civic Mission of Schools.” 

The Minnesota Civic Education Survey was created by the Civic Education Coalition – which includes the Learning Law and Democracy Foundation,    Minnesota Civic Youth and the YMCA Youth in Government – and funded in part with money from the Minnesota Constitution Legacy Amendment, Arts and Cultural Heritage fund, through a grant from the Minnesota Humanities Center.

WHY IS THIS SURVEY IMPORTANT?

There is bipartisan agreement that the well-being of our body politic is best served by an informed, engaged citizenry that understands how and why our system of government works. According to the publication “Guardian of Democracy: The Civic Mission of Schools,” when students receive a sustained and systematic civic education they become more knowledgeable about their government and how it affects them; more interested in politics, the news, current events, and government; more capable of identifying public policies that do or do not serve their interests and the common good; more consistent in their views on policies; more critical of politics and government—developing a healthy skepticism that does not alienate them from participation but instead motivates them to participate in improving the system; more likely to participate in political and civic activities; more committed to fundamental democratic values and principles; and more tolerant of those who differ in their opinions.