Monthly Archives: January 2013

the Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy

(Washington, DC) Today, I will be meeting with students and staff of the Chavez Schools in DC. This blog shows that I have visited before–in February and April 2003. The Chavez network has since grown to four schools and 1,300 … Continue reading

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Melissa Bass, The Politics and Civics of National Service

Melissa Bass has published The Politics and Civics of National Service: Lessons from the Civilian Conversation Corps, VISTA, and AmeriCorps (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2013). This book originated with a CIRCLE grant and two CIRCLE Working Papers (numbers 11 … Continue reading

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coming of age politically in different historical moments

At a fine panel on “The Civic Mission of Higher Education” last week, the panelists basically said: We should care about college students as whole people, considering their emotional and social well-being as well as their academic success. Engaging with … Continue reading

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teaching citizenship by teaching about guns

(Concord NH) While traveling up and down the East Coast and talking about civic education, I opened the New York Times to find that the gun industry uses the same language of “citizenship” that my colleagues and I employ: The … Continue reading

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addressing climate change by executive action and what that means for constitutional principles

(Atlanta) The Obama Administration is deciding whether to address climate change by regulating power plants, thus bypassing Congress. In addition to the environmental and economic impact of such regulations, there is also a question about whether governance by executive order … Continue reading

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The Commission on Youth Voting and Civic Knowledge (update)

Today I am traveling from Boston to DC to speak and then on to Atlanta for the American Association of Colleges & Universities meeting. In DC, I will present some information about youth political participation. CIRCLE is busy collecting and … Continue reading

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fifth annual Summer Institute of Civic Studies

The fifth annual Summer Institute of Civic Studies will be an intensive, two-week, interdisciplinary seminar bringing together advanced graduate students, faculty, and practitioners from diverse fields of study. Organized by Peter Levine, Tisch College, and Karol So?tan, University of Maryland, … Continue reading

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reading the inauguration

Last time, we were there. This time, the inauguration was a TV show for me and my family, but still full of interesting themes and messages. The citizenship theme: In the third major speech in a row (his nomination speech … Continue reading

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Donald Justice, Men at Forty

I don’t read to see myself reflected on the page. I read primarily to learn how someone else thinks and to analyze and appreciate the formal characteristics of a carefully constructed work. But if I were going to cite a … Continue reading

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what did young voters know and understand in 2012?

Many people assume that young adults are not prepared to vote knowledgeably. Only 24% of 12th graders scored at the “proficient” level on the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in civics. But, as CIRCLE explains in a … Continue reading

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