On Sunday, August 20th, 2023, Jesse Holland of C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” hosted Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania and professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, for an hour-long program devoted to using civics education as a tool to bridge political divides.
On the episode “Civics Education and Bridging Political Divides,” Jamieson featured resources from the Civics Renewal Network (CRN), a group of nonpartisan organizations that focuses on strengthening civics education, and Annenberg Classroom, an APPC-sponsored initiative offering multimedia civics curricula. She fielded questions and comments from callers on all sides of the political spectrum on a range of issues, from election security to approaching constitutional questions in the classroom. Importantly, she argued that informed citizenship fosters healthy deliberation, which is the backbone of American democracy.
In service of informed citizenship, the Civics Renewal Network compiles trustworthy resources for educators and students of all ages and backgrounds. Jamieson highlighted several CRN resources as well as the APPC-iCivics educational game NewsFeed Defenders and Annenberg Classroom’s Glossary and Sources Worth Knowing. Additional resources can be found at the Civics Renewal Network.
Watch the program with Jamieson on civics education above, or click here to watch on C-SPAN’s website.