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Civics for Citizenship

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One goal of our schools is to prepare young people to become informed and engaged citizens. Yet there is growing concern that students are not being prepared to participate in democracy, to learn from the historical actions of American government, or – critically - to understand the U.S. Constitution. We’ll take a look at efforts to address this here in New Hampshire.


Ron Adams,  former social studies teacher and long-time member of the New Hampshire Council for Social Studies. He has also served on a task force of lawyers, judges, college presidents, and teachers, working on behalf of improving civics education in the state.

John Greabe, professor of law at the University of New Hampshire. He is organizing a symposium in November designed to help teachers effectively teach civics and the Constitution -- part of Constitutionally Speaking, a multi-year project.  On September 14, Justice David H. Souter will launch the project at the Concord City Auditorium. For more on this event and the project, visit the New Hampshire Humanities Council's website.

We'll also hear from:

Susan Leahy, an attorney and president of the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society. The Society is working to form the New Hampshire Institute for Civic Education, an organization dedicated to improving civics education in the state's public schools by providing professional development and other resources to teachers.

Laura is well known in New Hampshire for her in-depth coverage of important issues and is widely regarded for her interviews with presidential hopefuls. Laura is a graduate of Keene High School in New Hampshire. Prior to hosting The Exchange, Laura worked in public radio in Washington, D.C. as a local reporter and announcer for WAMU and as a newscaster for NPR. Before her radio career, she was a researcher for USA Today's "Money" section, and a research assistant at the Institute for International Economics. Laura occasionally guest hosts national programs such as The Diane Rehm Show and Here and Now. In 2007 Laura was named New Hampshire Broadcaster of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.

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