Dean Hess stresses the importance of strong civics education in Wisconsin Radio Network interview

Schools should teach children about current events in their civics courses, said UW–Madison’s Diana Hess, dean of the School of Education and the Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education, in a recent article published by the Wisconsin Radio Network.


“I think what happened on January 6th was incredibly serious and incredibly important and it needs to be included in the curriculum,” she said, speaking about the riots at the U.S. Capitol.

Hess also said that parents need to give their children room to learn, referencing as an example the events last summer in Burlington, Wisconsin, where parents violently objected to a lesson on the Black Lives Matter movement.

“They should want their children to learn about political issues, and to learn about multiple and competing views on political issues,” she said. “And we know that in high quality political education that teachers can do that in a way that is not in fact pushing children to a certain point of view.”

Hess noted that a strong civics education among students “could be a step towards undoing the highly partisan political landscape that we currently live in, and will help our students mature into politically healthy citizens.”

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