Category Archives: advocating civic education

unveiling a systems map for k-12 civic education

Facebook33 Twitter2 Google+1Total: 36?? This is a systems map for k-12 civic education, developed for the CivXNow coalition and intended to guide the coalition and its members and allies. You can explore it here and also drill down to a more … Continue reading

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an expert class and the grassroots

Facebook36 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 37(Menlo Park, CA) Here I am at Facebook, posting on Facebook. I’m with about 160 other people, and we’re having a valuable conversation about how to measure and assess civic education. (The space is leant to us … Continue reading

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was Aristotle right about what we must know to be good citizens?

Facebook12 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 13Let’s posit that a good citizen should be able to a) form ideas about what would improve her community or society, b) understand how decisions about such matters are actually made and who has power to make … Continue reading

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the justice-oriented citizen had better be personally responsible and participatory

Facebook42 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 42Joel Westheimer’s and Joe Kahne’s typology of civic education programs and their intended outcomes is justly seminal in the field of civic education.* Many civics people are familiar with their distinctions among “personally responsible,” “participatory” and “justice-oriented” … Continue reading

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Governor Charlie Baker signs Massachusetts civic education law

Facebook41 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 41 A press release from the the Massachusetts Civic Learning Coalition (of which I’m a member): The Coalition applauds Governor Charlie Baker for signing into law bill S.2631, giving Massachusetts one of the nation’s most innovative statewide … Continue reading

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Justice O’Connor and civics

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m sorry to read that Justice O’Connor has dementia. She has devoted her retirement years to improving civics, and she has taken that objective fully seriously. Her greatest contribution is the nonprofit organization she founded to teach … Continue reading

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civics in the very early grades

Facebook59 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 59I’m far from an expert on civics for young children, but I bump into the subject in various capacities–as an author of the College Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies, which covers grades k-12; … Continue reading

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suing for better civics

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(DCA) Robert Pondiscio for the Fordham Institute: Many of us who view ourselves as civic-education advocates spend lots of time writing earnest op-eds and columns, attending conferences, and speaking on panels … Collectively, we have spilled gallons of ink urging states, … Continue reading

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take a survey to help develop a strategy for improving civic education in the USA

Facebook29 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 29A coalition called CivXNow is working to expand and improve civic education in the USA. I am on this coalition’s steering committee. We recently fielded a survey to collect ideas for improving civic education. More than 6,500 people … Continue reading

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coming soon: Democracy’s Discontent and Civic Learning

Facebook22 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 22Now available for pre-ordering is Charles S. White (ed.), Democracy’s Discontent and Civic Learning: Multiple Perspectives. Chapters include: “The Populist Moment,” by William A. Galston. “Populism, Democracy, and the Education of Citizens,” by Thomas S. Vontz and J. Spencer … Continue reading

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