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Civic Engagement

Do Faith-based Groups Have A Place In 21st Century America?

Jasmeet Sidhu | Posted 10.04.2011 | Religion
Jasmeet Sidhu

Hearing these ideas on the same weekend the debt crisis was being fought, it seemed more pertinent than ever to me that religious groups become more empowered to step into the public space where the government can no longer.

Let's "Save" What Matters Most: Students

Suzanne Tacheny Kubach | Posted 09.28.2011 | Education
Suzanne Tacheny Kubach

We "save" education by demanding our schools live up to their promise: to make a difference in the lives of every student who comes to their doors.

Murdoch's Unraveling Empire and the Need for Civic Engagement

David A. Love | Posted 09.19.2011 | Media
David A. Love

The only thing more remarkable than the news of the Rupert Murdoch hacking-bribery scandal itself is the rate of its unraveling -- and Murdoch's unraveling.

Celebrating Faith, Altruism And Our Modern Community

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks | Posted 09.04.2011 | Religion
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

In thinking about religion and society in the 21st century, we should broaden the conversation about faith from doctrinal debates to the larger question of how it might inspire us to construct together a gracious and generous social order.

Creating Good Citizens

Peter Levine | Posted 08.10.2011 | Chicago
Peter Levine

Teenagers become good citizens -- and improve their schools and communities -- when they are given the chance to contribute.

Don't Know Much About -- History, Geography, or Civics

Alan Singer | Posted 07.18.2011 | Education
Alan Singer

In recent weeks, ignorance of United States history and the functioning of the U.S. government made the front pages again.

Florida Voter Suppression Bill Toxic for Democracy

Rishi Manchanda | Posted 07.07.2011 | Politics
Rishi Manchanda

The Florida legislature just passed House Bill 1355, which many civic participation advocates view as part of a worrisome national trend to suppress v...

The Spirit of Changing History

John Bridgeland | Posted 06.21.2011 | World
John Bridgeland

Three young Egyptian women spoke movingly this morning about their part in Egypt's revolution. Americans should listen to their voices to understand what's at stake across Northern Africa.

Bezos Scholars Program -- Incubating Big Ideas and Model Citizens -- One High School at a Time

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 06.11.2011 | Education
Jeffrey Abelson

The bottom line is that if students don't have a visceral sense of their roles as citizens, upon graduation from high school, they're not likely to develop that sense of civic connection later.

Obama Goes to War the Millennial Way

Michael Hais and Morley Winograd | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics
Michael Hais and Morley Winograd

By focusing on the issue of civil liberties, and not on implementing American-style political institutions, Obama pointed the way toward a cause that young people could embrace.

What's Being Lost In The Eternal God Debate

Mira Sucharov | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mira Sucharov

However well-intentioned, debating whether the world is solely material, social and psychological, or whether it is also imbued with divine force, is ultimately a dialogue of the deaf.

On Scholarship and Public Life

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Michael Roth

I returned to Wesleyan University as president more than four years ago, and even though now some of this activism is directed against me, I still take pride in this tradition of alma mater.

Is the Virtual World Good For the "Real" One?

Joseph Kahne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Joseph Kahne

Concerns have been raised that our attention to virtual communities may be distracting us from the tangible needs of those around us.

How Will You Show Some Love? Reinventing Valentine's Day

Jonathan Greenblatt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Greenblatt

It's certainly a special thing when we pause to appreciate our loved ones. But perhaps we can raise our game in 2011 and do a bit more on this date.

The Road from Tucson

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

We speak our world into existence, so we'd better say some good things about it. After the tears, the best that we can do for John, Gabe, Dorothy, Christina, Dorwin and Phyllis is to carry on stronger than before.

Religion, Secularism And Volunteering

Lila Nordstrom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Lila Nordstrom

I recently signed up with a friend's church to help build houses at a Habitat for Humanity site in Los Angeles. As a civically engaged secular person, was I okay with doing a good deed in the name of the church?

Elected Municipal Councils Could Foster Spirit of Civic Participation in the UAE

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

At present, some Emiratis seem to be disconnected from public service and civic duty. One way to engage them in decision-making would be to allow citizens to run and vote in municipal elections.

What to Do About an 'Unwise Public'

Peter Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Levine

Although we should respect many varying kinds of knowledge, we must insist that all active citizens possess a central set of considered judgments -- based on fact -- about how public institutions should run.

Defending Obama Against Krugman

Peter Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Levine

If you live in a country where 94% of people believe that almost one trillion dollars of their money bought no jobs, you have a deeper problem than being "governed by people with the wrong ideas."

It's Time to Turn Down the Volume on Elections That Polarize

Judy Patrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Judy Patrick

For two months we've been inundated by unprecedented spending on angry campaign ads, and an unbelievable number of robocalls. So much noise made it hard for people to examine their own hearts.

A Right to Bare Arms? Arm Bears? The 2nd Amendment (Civics Primer #2)

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth C. Davis

There is little doubt that the Founders and Framers expected men to have a gun at the ready to defend the country. But does that 18th century logic still hold in a country with a standing army, state militias, and local police forces?

Engaging Students in the Election -- 45 Ways Faculty and Administrators Can Still Make a Difference

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Paul Loeb

Where they once hoped to be part of a transformational change, many students may now doubt that our elected leaders can successfully tackle any of our major national problems. Here's how to fix that.

Crashing the Tea Party Joyride

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

The Tea Party has pointed out how absent we've been in building a common narrative about modern American citizenship. But the American people long for a novel, not a sitcom. It's time for the rest of us to step up.

Our Fourth Instinct

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John Bridgeland

It is no surprise then that service has been the golden thread of American democracy. Like democracy itself, service has to continually reinvent itself to meet the needs of the modern age.

A Compelling Model of Community Information Needs

Peter M. Shane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy released its report, Informed Communities, a year ago with an exhortation...