Category Archives: civic theory

avoiding a sharp distinction between the state and the private sphere

Facebook12 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 13Several political theories and ideologies are invested in distinguishing the state from the private sector (which may encompass the market, families and civil society): For libertarians, the state bears the badge of original sin because it alone … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King describes the activists for civil rights

Facebook12 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 13On Sept. 10, 1961, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. published an op-ed in the New York Times entitled “The Time for Freedom has Come.” To the best of my knowledge, it is his most extensive description of … Continue reading

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syllabus of Introduction to Civic Studies, spring 2019

Facebook48 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 49I am about to start teaching Intro to Civic Studies with my colleague Erin Kelly. Here is our syllabus, minus the grading rules, office hours, etc. January 17: Introduction: A case from the Pluralism project to spur discussion … Continue reading

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unveiling a systems map for k-12 civic education

Facebook36 Twitter2 Google+1Total: 39?? 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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a template for analyzing an institution

Facebook50 Twitter1 Google+1Total: 52If you want to analyze an institution–whether it’s the local police department, marriage, or Facebook–an excellent guide is the Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) Framework developed by Elinor Ostrom and colleagues, which is an encapsulation of the … Continue reading

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when political movements resemble religions

Facebook23 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 25In The Atlantic, John McWhorter suggests analogies between current movements against racism and religious revivals: Third-wave antiracism is a profoundly religious movement in everything but terminology. The idea that whites are permanently stained by their white privilege, … Continue reading

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against inevitability

Facebook12 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 12These are examples of social theories that emphasize inevitability: Classical Marxism: “[The bourgeoisie’s] fall and the victory of the proletariat are equally inevitable.” — Marx and Engels, The Communist Manifesto Rational choice theory: What defines the tragedy … 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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civic responses to crime

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10(Fishkill, NY) In an American Sociological Review article, Patrick Sharkey, Gerard Torrats-Espinosa, and Delaram Takyar find that “every 10 additional organizations focusing on crime and community life in a city with 100,000 residents leads to a 9 … Continue reading

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