chapter  1
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IMPROVING THE OUTCOMES OF CIVIC EDUCATION

As the Center for Civic Education (1995) reported, "Democracy is not a 'machine that will go of itself,' but must be consciously reproduced, one generation instructing the next in the knowledge and skills, as well as the civic character and commitment needed for its sustenance" (p. 3). This implies that democratic societies must provide the means for socializing citizens in the necessary requirements for democratic citizenship. Barber (1992) stressed that "education and democracy are inextricably linked and that in a free society the link is severed at our own peril" (p. 9).