THE FORMATION OF INFORMED AND ENGAGED CITIZENS: CIVIC EDUCATION AT SANTA ANA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
The Formation of Informed and Engaged Citizens: Civic Education at Santa Ana Unified School District provides an in-depth case study into the civic education at Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD), a majority-minority urban school district in Santa Ana, California serving 48,000 students across sixty K-12 schools. Through an analysis incorporating Board of Education meetings, interviews with Board members and teachers, the twelfth-grade government course requirement, and co-curricular programs, it becomes apparent SAUSD facilitates an innovative, student-centered civic education in classrooms and in co-curricular spaces with the goal of developing students' knowledge of and participation in government. This thesis argues that these curricular and co-curricular opportunities bring about a transformative education for students experiencing separation from government, especially when students might feel alienated by virtue of their identities as Latinos, low-income, underrepresented, and/or immigrant. Furthermore, this thesis offers broader implications regarding school districts' existing structures that support civic education opportunities for students, such as a district-wide government course requirement and other investments in civic education through co-curricular programs. As is the case at SAUSD, the reality is (1) schools tend to prioritize language arts and math over civic education and (2) the transformative civic education opportunities that exist reach a small number of students and this brings to question the scale of beneficial programs and how accessible they may or may not be for a given population of students.
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