ADL believes the purpose of civic education is for young people to understand democracy and become actively engaged in making their communities and the world more equitable and just. Grounded in ADL's history of civil rights work and our principles of anti-bias learning, our approach is to help young people challenge the biases that compromise equity and social justice.
Cultivating a desire in young people for civic participation and community engagement matters. Now—more than ever.
Strengthening Our Democracy: Civic Participation in the 21st Century
ADL’s high school civics curriculum engages students in understanding how government works and their role in improving society through civic participation. Social studies and Civics teachers can teach the entire one-semester curriculum or choose individual lesson plans. Our curriculum helps students explore civic engagement and discuss controversial topics through an anti-bias lens.
It is essential for students to explore their civic identities through an anti-bias lens as they learn to engage in civil and thoughtful discourse, which will help shape their interactions with others within the school walls and beyond.