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perspectives on identity politics

Facebook17 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 17One of the many debates that has¬†intensified after the 2016 election concerns “identity politics.” Some liberals blame it for the Democrats’ loss. Mark Lilla¬†writes, “If you are going to mention groups in America, you had better mention … Continue reading

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civic education as the long-term solution to poor governance

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0During the shutdown, Trey Grayson (former Secretary of State, R-Kentucky and current director of Harvard’s Institute of Politics) and I published a piece on civic education in The Hill, the newspaper for Congress and people who work … Continue reading

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our work with games

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I begin with the philosophical premise that we should treat young people as actual citizens, capable of doing actual public work and politics. I don’t begin with great enthusiasm for simulations or play-citizenship. On the other hand, … Continue reading

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Legislative Aide: a civics simulation

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I haven’t yet blogged about one of our significant activities this spring. We’ve helped partners at the University of Wisconsin to develop a game or simulation for teaching civics in high schools. Students play the roles of … Continue reading

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a game for teaching civics

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Tampa, FL) I have come down here to begin training high school teachers to use a new software package that we call “The Legislative Aide Game.” Students in social studies classes here will log onto a web … Continue reading

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guest blogger: Diana Hess

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Diana Hess is a professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the leading expert on all the complex issues that arise when controversial issues are discussed in classrooms. I asked her to contribute an essay … Continue reading

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teens address school reform

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0On Wednesday night, we finished our summer program for 13 kids, ages 12-14. They built a website on issues in the Prince George’s County (MD) school system, which they attend. Their site is part of the Prince … Continue reading

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discipline

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0This is our mapping team, busily studying the school system of Prince George’s County, MD, which they attend. Today, they interviewed an impressive and helpful state delegate. She thought the biggest problem in schools is discipline, because … Continue reading

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trajectories

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0We’ve been meeting intensively this week with teens from Prince George’s County, MD. We’ve had 14 hours of class since Tuesday afternoon. All our students happen to be African-American, but they are extremely diverse (as I would … Continue reading

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youth mapping

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Milwaukee) Next week, we start an intensive program for teenagers in Prince George’s County, MD who will choose an issue, conduct interviews of relevant adults, and depict the results in the form of maps and diagrams. We … Continue reading

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