Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Civic Education Toward Native Born and Immigrant Students: Preparing for a Lifetime of Engaged Citizenship?

Presented at German-American Conference by Dr Paul A Harris

The increasing racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, and linguistic diversity in the United State provides a complex challenge to educators and lawmakers which forces us to rethink existing notions of citizenship and nationality. To enjoy the fruits of democracy and liberty, the U.S. must be unified around a set of democratic values such as justice, fair-play, and equality that balance unity and diversity while at the same time protect the rights of diverse groups. Statewide, between 1990 and 2005 the overall population in Georgia has grown by one-third with an additional two million persons resettling in the State. During the same time period the Latino population in the State increased to over 400% now numbering – documented and undocumented 700,000 persons. This paper examines the efforts of Dalton, Georgia to provide citizenship education and promote civic engagement among its native born and newly arrived immigrant population.

Dr. Harris is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Director of the Center for Immigration Studies at Augusta State University . His s pecialization field ist he Comparative Immigration Policy.

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