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what does the word civic mean?

Facebook31 Twitter2Total34I use the word “civic” every day. It is in the title of my college (The Tisch College of Civic Life) and the major that I direct (Civic Studies) and in the names of many topics and fields that … Continue reading

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how have political science and k-12 civics diverged?

Facebook22 Twitter1Total23It’s risky to generalize about k-12 civics. In the USA, there are no national standards for civics, state standards tend to be incoherent and not firmly enforced, and textbooks divide the market. Some teachers in some classrooms present highly … Continue reading

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discuss impeachment in high school–but not only impeachment

Facebook31 Twitter2Total33As impeachment dominates the headlines, many social studies teachers are assigning it as a topic of discussion and analysis in their classrooms. That is appropriate. Since students and their families are already discussing impeachment, it is a great “hook” … Continue reading

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American civics versus socialism?

Facebook21 Twitter5Total26Announcing his reelection campaign, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) made two claims about civic education: 1) “What’s at stake in 2020 is nothing less than a choice between American civics and socialism,” Sasse said. ‘”Those are the stakes.” 2) Sasse … Continue reading

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how to improve the civil society of a school

Facebook87 Twitter1Total88Students learn to be citizens by joining, forming, leading, and influencing extracurricular groups in their own schools. A school’s whole array of groups is its “civil society.” The number, diversity, reach, purpose, vitality, and interconnection of these groups is … Continue reading

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should US kids learn they have a democracy?

Facebook44 Twitter1Total45The New York Times’ Dana Goldstein reports a “bruising political fight” over Michigan’s social studies standards, in which one of the questions was whether to describe our government as a democracy or a “constitutional republic,” as some conservatives prefer. … Continue reading

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School and Society in the Age of Trump

Facebook10 Twitter1Total11John Rogers and the research team of Michael Ishimoto, Alexander Kwako, Anthony Berryman, and Claudia Diera have produced a landmark study entitled “School and Society in the Age of Trump,” based on their survey of 505 high school principals … Continue reading

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Civic Education: Is There Common Ground?

Facebook7 Twitter1Total9 [The video just plays the introduction. Here is a link to all the separate talks.] This is the video from a panel at the American Federation of Teachers’ Albert Shanker Institute on Wednesday. The panelists are: Leo Casey, Executive … Continue reading

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podcast interview with Mark Bauerlein

Facebook12 Twitter0Total12 Mark Bauerlein of Emory University interviewed me for First Things, and this is the result. We ranged from youth voter turnout to civic education, from Jane Addams and Emerson to Seamus Heaney. I enjoyed it and appreciated Mark’s … Continue reading

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insights from the k-12 civic education System Map

Facebook46 Twitter1Total47For CivXNow, we recently created a System Map of k-12 civics. Perhaps the greatest value of the map is that we didn’t decide what was on it or how things fit together. More than 7,500 people co-created it by … Continue reading

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