Adult and Higher Education

National polls and surveys continue to document the limited knowledge held by Americans about our government and its corresponding documents, institutions, and processes (Annenberg Public Policy Center, 2018). The results are far reaching and even college graduates are not immune from this civic knowledge deficit. We want to change that.

In addition to K-12 students, college students and other adult demographics are in need of civic education. In 2017, the Florida Legislature recognized this need and amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes to require students entering an institution in the Florida College System or a state university in 2018-2019 and beyond to demonstrate competency in civic literacy. A committee was appointed to create a new civics literacy course and competencies and identify outcomes that would include at a minimum the following.

  • An understanding of the basic principles of American democracy and how they are applied in our republican form of government.
  • An understanding of the U.S. Constitution.
  • Knowledge of the founding documents and how they have shaped the nature and functions of our institutions of self-governance.
  • An understanding of landmark Supreme Court cases and their impact on law and society.

The final State Board of Education Rule on Civic Literacy Competency became effective June 19, 2018. Rule 6A-10.02413, Florida Administrative Code

If you are interested in college-level civic literacy programs or resources, please contact our director at apitts@flsouthern.edu or justiceteaching@flsouthern.edu.