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Civic Literacy

Career U: What's a College Education For?

Terry Newell | Posted 03.22.2015 | College
Terry Newell

Education is central to economic growth, and reducing student debt, now estimated at $1.2 trillion nationally, is essential, lest we burden an entire generation with crushing financial responsibilities. But higher education ought to be about more than economics. It ought to be about not just learning to earn but learning to live a fulfilling life.

Civic Illiteracy: A Threat to the American Dream

Michael Ford | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Michael Ford

The effects of civic illiteracy take their toll over time, and while Americans are almost defiantly indifferent about their lack of civic understanding, the consequences to our basic rights and freedoms and the general health of our republic could be dire.

Concentric Circles of Service

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jeffrey Abelson

There's a missing link in our quest for a good and equitable society. In addition to volunteering, we must educate ourselves and impact our government to achieve lasting change on prominent issues.

Tom Tancredo: 'Civic Literacy' Voting Comment Was Really A Statement About Public Schools

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Former Colorado Congressman and right wing lightning rod Tom Tancredo prompted national outrage at the Tea Party Convention in Nashville last Thursday...

Seeking Civic Virtue in "Citizens United"

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

If this is the end of democracy as we know it, I say good riddance, because that is precisely what's brought us to this present moment of gridlock and polarization and corruption.

Why Local Newspapers Are the Basis of Democracy

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John W. Whitehead

Subscribe to your local newspaper. Read it so you'll know what's happening in your community.

The Schools Are Destroying Freedom of Speech

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"The Constitution makes clear there can be no religious test for holding office, and it is just as clear there can be no religious test for individual...

The Responsibilities of Citizenship: A Bundle of Literacies

Charlie Firestone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charlie Firestone

Literacy today is not simply learning to read. There are additional literacies -- abilities to understand and operate -- in 21st century America.