Category Archives: advocating civic education

suing for better civics

Facebook16 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 16(DCA) Robert Pondiscio for the Fordham Institute: Many of us who view ourselves as civic-education advocates spend lots of time writing earnest op-eds and columns, attending conferences, and speaking on panels … Collectively, we have spilled gallons of ink urging states, … Continue reading

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take a survey to help develop a strategy for improving civic education in the USA

Facebook29 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 29A coalition called CivXNow is working to expand and improve civic education in the USA. I am on this coalition’s steering committee. We recently fielded a survey to collect ideas for improving civic education. More than 6,500 people … Continue reading

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coming soon: Democracy’s Discontent and Civic Learning

Facebook22 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 22Now available for pre-ordering is Charles S. White (ed.), Democracy’s Discontent and Civic Learning: Multiple Perspectives. Chapters include: “The Populist Moment,” by William A. Galston. “Populism, Democracy, and the Education of Citizens,” by Thomas S. Vontz and J. Spencer … Continue reading

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new survey on Americans’ views of democracy

Facebook24 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 24(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

Facebook34 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 34We 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

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10Right 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

Facebook17 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 17Would 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

Facebook54 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 54In 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

Facebook16 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 16The 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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