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should Democrats play constitutional hardball in 2019-20?

In How Democracies Die, Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt use comparative evidence to argue that democracies rely on two “soft guardrails”: constitutional forbearance and mutual toleration.* Forbearance means that political actors refrain from using all the powers that the written … Continue reading

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come work at CIRCLE (and two other great jobs involving civic engagement)

We are hiring a researcher for the CIRCLE team, which I supervise. Researcher – Tisch College – (18001131) The Researcher will work with CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement), a research-based think tank that studies how young … Continue reading

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what does youth civic engagement have to do with inequality?

In lieu of a blog post here today, this is a piece I wrote for the W.T. Grant Foundation’s website. It begins: My colleagues and I at the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) have … Continue reading

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media literacy and the social discovery of reality

If you’re concerned about media education in the current fraught moment, you should read danah boyd’s “You Think You Want Media Literacy… Do You?” and Renee Hobbs’ response in Medium. In my crude summary: danah boyd surveys some media literacy programs and sees … Continue reading

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the Massachusetts Civics Bill #MAcivicsforall

The Massachusetts legislature is considering S. 2306, An Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement. According to the Massachusetts Civic Learning Coalition‘s summary, the bill: Requires that all public schools teach American history and civics education. Promotes comprehensive, project-based civic … Continue reading

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The Anachronist at the Florida Review

(Washington, DC) I just signed a contract with The Florida Review so that they can re-publish my interactive novel, The Anachronist. It should appear there in July 2018, and it will reside on their digital platform, Aquifer. It also remains, … Continue reading

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my exchange with Beth Rubin about policy for civics

Paul G. Fitchett and Kevin W. Meuwissen have published Social Studies in the New Education Policy Era: Conversations on Purposes, Perspectives, and Practices. This edited volume is devoted to exchanges between pairs of scholars. My assigned debating partner is Prof. … Continue reading

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the Kenya Youth Manifesto

The Kenya Youth Manifesto is great. It’s the product of an elaborate deliberative process involving Kenyans between the ages of 18 and 35 (a cohort that represents 57 percent of the electorate). The Manifesto offers 52 pages of detailed recommendations. I’m … Continue reading

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what I like in historical writing

Simi Valley, in Ventura County, CA: Not that anyone has asked, but these are the history books that I remember reading over the past couple of years, ranked from my favorite down: The Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph and Diversity, … Continue reading

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talking about teens and the 2018 election

While traveling to Orlando to talk about civic education, I’ll post two recent links. First is today’s episode of “On Point” from NPR. The guests are three teenagers who are running for governor in Kansas (which imposes no age limit … Continue reading

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