Category Archives: advocating civic education

new survey on Americans’ views of democracy

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(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 … Continue reading

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civic education that is less about the state

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0We 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 … Continue reading

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support civics in Massachusetts #CivicsforMA #MAcivicsforall

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Right 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 … Continue reading

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take a survey on civic education in the US

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Would 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. … Continue reading

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deliberation or simulated deliberation? choices for the classroom

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In 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 … Continue reading

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

Facebook20 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 20 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 … Continue reading

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the Massachusetts Civics Bill #MAcivicsforall

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The 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 … Continue reading

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the first “civic ed” bill: 1642

Facebook12 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 12The Massachusetts legislature is considering S. 2306, a bill to enhance civic education. I’m for this legislation. Questions about whether the Commonwealth should require civics–or, indeed, any subject–led me to wonder when civics was first mandated in … Continue reading

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new Civic Studies major at Tufts

Facebook294 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 294Yesterday, the Tufts Faculty of Arts & Sciences approved our proposal for a new major in Civic Studies, the first in the world. It will begin next fall, and I’ll co-teach the new introductory course with my … Continue reading

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my exchange with Beth Rubin about policy for civics

Facebook11 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 11Paul 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 … Continue reading

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