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Civics

Standard 29.Understands the importance of political leadership, public service, and a knowledgeable citizenry in American constitutional democracy
  Level Pre-K (Grade Pre-K)
   1. Not appropriate for this level
  Level I (Grade K-2)
   1. Knows that a good leader puts the interests of the people ahead of personal interests
   2. Knows the characteristics of a good leader (e.g., experience, determination, confidence, a desire to be a leader, the ability to solve problems creatively)
  Level II (Grade 3-5)
   1. Knows what political leaders do and why leadership is necessary in a democracy
   2. Knows opportunities for leadership and public service in the student’s own classroom, school, community, state, and the nation; and understands why leadership and public service are important to the continuance and improvement of American democracy
   3. Understands the importance of individuals working cooperatively with their elected leaders
   4. Knows the major duties, powers, privileges, and limitations of a position of leadership (e.g., class president, mayor, state senator, tribal chairperson, president of the United States); and knows how to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of candidates in terms of the qualifications required for a particular leadership role
   5. Knows qualities leaders should have such as commitment to the values and principles of constitutional democracy, respect for the rights of others, ability to work with others, reliability or dependability, courage, honesty, ability to be fair, intelligence, willingness to work hard, and special knowledge or skills
   6. Knows the criteria necessary for evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of candidates in relation to the qualifications required for a particular leadership role
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   1. Understands the functions of political leadership and why leadership is a vital necessity in a constitutional democracy
   2. Knows personal qualities necessary for political leadership, and understands ethical dilemmas that might confront political leaders
   3. Knows opportunities for political leadership in the student’s own school, community, state, and the nation; and understands the importance of individuals working cooperatively with their elected leaders
   4. Understands the importance of public service in a constitutional democracy
   5. Knows opportunities for public service in the student’s own school, community, state, and nation; and knows career opportunities in public service
   6. Understands the role of "the loyal opposition" in a constitutional democracy
   7. Understands why becoming knowledgeable about public affairs and the values and principles of American constitutional democracy and communicating that knowledge to others is an important form of participation, and understands the argument that constitutional democracy requires the participation of an attentive, knowledgeable, and competent citizenry
   8. Understands how awareness of the nature of American constitutional change gives citizens the ability to reaffirm or change fundamental constitutional values
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   1. Knows various ways students can exercise leadership in public affairs, and knows opportunities for citizens to engage in careers in public service
   2. Understands why becoming knowledgeable about public affairs and the values and principles of American constitutional democracy, and communicating that knowledge to others are important forms of participation, and understands the argument that constitutional democracy requires the participation of an attentive, knowledgeable, and competent citizenry
   3. Understands how awareness of the nature of American constitutional change gives citizens the ability to reaffirm or change fundamental constitutional values