'Generation Citizen' comes to ND

Sep 23, 2018

State school superintendent Kirsten Baesler meets with members of her Student Cabinet in Bismarck.
Credit Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

A group promoting civic education and literacy made a presentation to North Dakota school superintendent Kirsten Baesler’s student cabinet Friday.

"Our mission is simple -- we want to see every student in the country get an active civics education, where they learn how our political institutions work," said Andrew Wilks, director of policy and advocacy for "Generation Citizen."

Wilkes said students do that by getting involved in a project based, non-partisan way.

"We have a ways to go to connect civic knowledge with civics skills and participation," Wilkes said.

Wilkes said he was happy to come to North Dakota, and meet with members of the Student Cabinet. He said he sees a lot of interest here in civics education.

"The students of North Dakota are really passionate, as evidenced by teachers I spent time with in North Dakota," Wilkes said. "I met with teachers who are thinking through social studies standards. And what excites me is the voice and participation of young people."

Wilkes said that will help communicate what democracy is about.

"That will help North Dakota students engage in that process," Wilkes said.