Category Archives: advocating civic education

suing for better civics

(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, school districts, and … Continue reading

Posted in advocating civic education, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

A 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 took that survey. … Continue reading

Posted in advocating civic education | Leave a comment

coming soon: Democracy’s Discontent and Civic Learning

Now 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 Clark, (with Stephen … Continue reading

Posted in advocating civic education, populism, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

new survey on Americans’ views of democracy

(Salt Lake City, Utah) Freedom House, the George W. Bush Institute, and the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement have released a new national survey on Americans’ attitudes toward democracy. The headline finding is that Americans value democratic norms–regardless … Continue reading

Posted in advocating civic education, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

civic education that is less about the state

We are completing the tenth (!) annual Summer Institute of Civic Studies, which revolves around the three schools of civic theory outlined below. (Each “school” encompasses diverse views and criticisms.) Today we talked about what these theories would mean for … Continue reading

Posted in advocating civic education, civic theory | Leave a comment

support civics in Massachusetts #CivicsforMA #MAcivicsforall

Right now is a “virtual advocacy day” for Massachusetts S.2375, “an act to promote and enhance civic engagement. I’m doing my bit by blogging in support of the law–which will also need an adequate appropriation. The bill would: Require that … Continue reading

Posted in advocating civic education | Leave a comment

take a survey on civic education in the US

Would you be willing to take a survey that will help a new coalition expand and improve civic education in the USA? This coalition is led by iCivics, and many leaders in the field have already joined. I am part … Continue reading

Posted in advocating civic education | Leave a comment

deliberation or simulated deliberation? choices for the classroom

In an article published today (“Deliberation or Simulated Deliberation?” in Democracy and Education, 26, 1, Article 7), I respond to a valuable previous piece by Margaret S. Crocco and her colleagues, “Deliberating Public Policy Issues with Adolescents: Classroom Dynamics and Sociocultural Considerations.” … Continue reading

Posted in advocating civic education, deliberation, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Michael A. Rebell, Flunking Democracy: Schools, Courts, and Civic Participation

This is a very important new book: Michael A. Rebell, Flunking Democracy: Schools, Courts, and Civic Participation (University of Chicago Press, 2018). My blurb on the back cover says, “Michael Rebell makes a powerful and original case that litigation can and … Continue reading

Posted in advocating civic education | Leave a comment

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

Posted in advocating civic education, Uncategorized | Leave a comment