Off the Bench and Into the Game: Democracy Isn't a Spectator Sport
Premiere Date: 11/29/2004; 58 minutes

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While the number of problems facing the U.S. continues to mount, Americans' civic engagement remains at an all-time low. Experts predict a large turnout for the 2004 presidential election, but will that be enough to re-engage our citizenry in the rights and responsibilities that distinguish the U.S. and make it a symbol of freedom and opportunity throughout the world? How do we advance the issues that affect the long-term health of America while our citizenry remains apathetic? Rebecca Rimel of The Pew Charitable Trusts addresses these concerns and outlines how philanthropy can make a difference. (#9063)

K-12 Educational Standards

Standards for Grade(s): 12

Principles of American Democracy

12.6 Students evaluate issues regarding campaigns for national, state, and local elective offices.

4. Describe the means that citizens use to participate in the political process.

For more information, visit: California State Board of Education Content Standards

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