Oklahoma should incorporate “project-based civics” into public-school courses, according to the state leader of a national organization whose efforts have been criticized for injecting left-wing activism into classrooms under the guise of civics education. Amy Curran, Oklahoma executive director of Generation Citizen and a member of the Civic Learning Coalition, said state officials should “emphasize the importance of project-based civics and civic challenges” in public education through “project-based learning.” “Learning by doing is all the rage across other academic subjects,” Curran said. “Why not civics?” Curran made those comments to members of the House Higher Education and Career Tech Committee, which was conducting a study on civics education in Oklahoma schools that was requested by Rep. Daniel Pae, R-Lawton. Pae was responsible for the meeting agenda and featured speakers. The “project-based learning” associated with Generation Citizen has been criticized as de facto indoctrination in public schools. David Randall, the research director of the National Association of Scholars, has written that Generation Citizen “smuggles propaganda and vocational training for progressive activism into K-12 schools and calls it ‘action civics.’” Randall has stated , “Action Civics champion Generation Citizen touts projects such as support for the Green New Deal, climate change protests, driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants, the ‘school to prison pipeline,’ feminist perspectives, and opposition to gentrification.” In contrast, he writes that few Action Civics projects “have ever supported advocacy by, for example, pro-life organizations, pro-Second Amendment organizations, or immigration control organizations,” nor has Generation Citizen’s work prompted student “protests […]
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