The article looks at the current state of civic education in the US and Europe. Practices in Nordic countries are highlighted as good practices with particular mention of Learning Democracy at Utøya:
“Learning Democracy at Utøya”, has turned the Norwegian island where 69 people were killed by a far-right terrorist in 2011 into an education centre. Over three days pupils learn about the attack, as well as challenges to democratic values and how to respond to them. Much of the programme is interactive, prompting students to reflect on their values and argue their position. They then develop lessons to share with their peers back at school. Participants say it is an emotional experience: most of the victims were teenagers. In the words of Marianne Støle-Nilsen, a teacher in Bergen who took four of her pupils to the island, it is a place “where you don’t have to explain why teaching democracy and continuing to fight for it is important”.
The article is available in the Economist online edition at http://www.economist.com/news/international/21716250-governments-are-failing-prepare-young-use-their-votes-well-how-teach