Federal Education Leader Touts Civic Learning at Bowling Green Conference

Nov 8, 2012

One of the nation's education experts says civic engagement should be built into every education curriculum.  Dr. Martha Kanter serves as Undersecretary in the U.S. Department of Education. 

She was in Bowling Green Thursday for the Kentucky Civic Engagement Conference at WKU.  Kanter admonished educators to prepare students not just for their careers, but for their role as citizens.

"It's something we have to rebuild in America because we have been closeted so long as a country," said Kanter.  "

More people are staying at home if you look at the social mobility research throughout the country.  People aren't reaching out enough."

Secretary Kanter added it's never too early to engage students in civic work.  She praised the work going on at WKU in partnership with business and community leaders.