Friends, on behalf of Lisa Matthews and our other wonderful colleagues at the National Conference on Citizenship, we would be incredibly grateful if you would take a few minutes to complete a survey about civic education in the United States. Below, Ms. Matthews describes the purpose of and instructions for the survey. It takes just a handful of minutes; please consider letting your voice and opinions be heard on this!
Would you be willing to take a survey that will help a new coalition expand and improve civic education in the USA? This coalition is led by iCivics, and many leaders in the field have already joined. NCoC is part of this coalition.
The online survey will take less than 15 minutes to complete. It will ask you a few questions about who you are, how you personally relate to civic education, and what you think about the state of civic education today.
The survey will also lead you through an exercise called the “Five Whys.” You’ll be asked whether you think that we provide good enough civic education in the USA today. If you don’t think so, you’ll be asked “What is one reason that civic education is not good enough today?” You’ll suggest a reason, and then you’ll be asked why you think that reason exists. Next, you’ll be asked for a reason for that reason. This activity will continue until you have had a chance to offer a chain of five reasons.
This brainstorming exercise will allow a broad range of people to suggest underlying causes of unsatisfactory civic education. (Or you may argue that civic education is fine as it is.) Some people who take this survey will also be invited to take a second survey later on. The second survey will help us to organize and prioritize the causes.
If you wish to take the survey, this is the link:
It can be taken on a computer or a smartphone.
The survey begins with more information about the research and requests your consent to proceed. If you are under 18 years old, you must ask a parent or guardian also to give permission by typing his or her name in the form.
Thanks very much for considering offering your ideas through the survey.