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How Do You Solve a Problem Like 2016?

Micah Conkling | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics
Micah Conkling

Citizens belonging to a country have a responsibility to be good stewards with the authority they have in civic engagement: this includes the power of individual suffrage. But if that vote cannot be cast in good conscience, it shouldn't be conferred to a candidate at all.

A Country Worth Their Sacrifice

Christopher Holshek | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

We don't have to wait to see whom we elect to the highest offices in the land to start to fix many problems in this country. As a former citizen-soldier, it's clear to me that a more universal sense of service would make us better citizens of a better nation.

Lessons in Censorship

David Moshman | Posted 05.24.2016 | Books
David Moshman

Public schools, we all agree, should teach civics and promote democracy, including respect for constitutional rights. Unfortunately, regardless of th...

This Election's Teaching Our Kids Bad Habits

Michael Winship | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

It's undeniable that the anger that stalks the landscape has roots in real despair. But the tone of this election, the bullying, the lack of civility is punishing not only ourselves but, it turns out, our kids.

I Couldn't Disagree More With What David Brooks Said In His Article "How Covenants Make Us"

Mark Baer | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Mark Baer

I typically agree with much of what David Brooks has to say. However, I'm afraid that he was way off the mark with his article "How Covenants Make Us." Demographic diversity in the United States is a good thing. The problem has to do with the lack of integration and assimilation of demographically diverse communities.

Just How Stupid Are We? Facing the Truth About Donald Trump's America

Rick Shenkman | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics
Rick Shenkman

Recently, Fox revived "The X Files" and in the latest show there was a lesson for people who follow politics. The episode featured a horror-movie sce...

This Is What Spiritually-Guided Politics Could Look Like

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.29.2016 | Religion

Presidential debates tend to bring out some of the worst aspects of American politics. Already, this election year has witnessed its fair share of vit...

Don't Wait. Participate.

Larry Schooler | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics
Larry Schooler

Beyond the partisan divides around some of President Obama's policy proposals lies a compelling thought: regardless of the policy outcome, give ordinary people safer access to the process. That is an achievable goal--as demonstrated by the many governments who have made it so.

A Letter from George Washington To Donald Trump

Noam Schimmel | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Noam Schimmel

In August of 1790 President George Washington wrote a letter to the Touro Synagogue of Newport Rhode Island. Like most American Jews at the time and ...

Three Lessons for Policy Makers to Encourage Promoting Civic Innovation

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Hollie Russon Gilman

Technology is creating new expectations for how citizens engage with their world. Governments must adapt to keep pace or risk the dissatisfaction of those they represent. The problems are large and complex. But civic innovation can serve as an important part of the solution.

Crowdsourcing Dystopia

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 08.26.2016 | Technology
Lorelei Kelly

On offer is a belief system that promises to upend the status quo, to change the world and take you with it. Investors commit at different levels from different places, but everyone involved belongs to a unified cause. Once in, you're a team of heroic proportions, larger than life.

If I Must Accept The Hobby Lobby Decision, You Must Accept Marriage Equality

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.27.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

According to Senator Cruz, if you like a decision, the court is terrific and doing our country a great favor. But if you disagree with a decision, the court is an imperialist body of out-of-touch, snooty elitists.

Perfecting Our Union Through Personal Ties

Ilir Zherka | Posted 07.02.2016 | Politics
Ilir Zherka

Together, we can perfect the Union by strengthening our civic life. But to do this, everyday Americans and our leaders need to take action. There are steps we can take today to help secure our future.

Educating for Democracy: The Rule of Law and the Law of the Rulers -- A Lesson for Memorial Day

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.24.2016 | College
Joel Shatzky

Since the media have been regularly reporting on indictments and investigations of corporate crime and those responsible for billions of dollars through illegal activity, it becomes apparent that these rich and powerful figures, who now have "the best government money can buy," enjoy a "law of the rulers" instead of the "rule of law" for which many Americans have fought and died.

On the Importance of Civic Education

Chris Dodd | Posted 05.13.2016 | Education
Chris Dodd

Last month, the National Center for Education Statistics revealed that only 23 percent of American eighth graders scored at or above proficiency in civics, and only 18 percent in American history. These numbers are particularly discouraging in the face of the important events that all of us across the country have watched unfold in recent weeks and months.

The New Progressive Agenda: A Return to Citizenship

Toni Morrison | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics
Toni Morrison

The difference between understanding oneself as a "citizen" and understanding oneself as a "taxpayer" is not merely wide; it is antagonistic. A citizen thinks primarily about his or her community. A taxpayer thinks mostly about himself or herself. The Progressive Agenda seeks to return us to the adult responsibility of being citizens to each other.

Joy Resmovits

Shockingly Few Students Are Proficient In U.S. History

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

Which of these do the governments of Canada, France and Australia have in common: a) They are controlled by the military; b) They have constitutions t...

Give All Americans a Mandatory Civics Exam

Steven Kurlander | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Steven Kurlander

Think about it. We rarely discuss or even ponder what it means to be an American in our daily lives. When was the last time you sat down and said to yourself, or thought for a moment, or even said in a prayer: "Thank God that I am American"?

How Birth Year Legacies Can Better Our Country

Ralph Nader | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Ralph Nader

These legacies can take the form of significant self-renewing, nonprofit, civic institutions either at the national or regional level. No hidden agendas, no obscure profit motives, no self-aggrandizement; just extending the torch of wisdom, foresight, and imagining brighter futures

Renewing Higher Education's Mission of Democracy

Alan D. Solomont | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Alan D. Solomont

Let's begin by rekindling a public appreciation for democratic education, and let's make education for democracy central to the function of a 21st century college or university, not just an option for especially enthusiastic students.

News For High Schools: Digital Media Plus Teaching Equals Support For Freedom

Eric Newton | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Eric Newton

This year, for the first time, American high school students show a greater overall appreciation for the First Amendment than do adults.

Would You Pass the US Citizenship Test? Take This Quiz!

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.22.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

The following questions were taken from the list of 100 civics questions. Admittedly, these are some of the harder ones. Could you pass?

Luck Not Merit: Inequality and Opportunity in America Today

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 10.15.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Evans

Three years ago, we launched New Voice Strategies, a nonprofit designed to close the empathy gap by giving individuals a more direct say in our public institutions.

Authentic Civics Learning at BxDCA High School

Alan Singer | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Bravo students, teachers, and administrators at BxDCA high school for real learning, not the phony stuff sold by Common Core and the high-stakes testing companies.

A Fragile Union

William E. White | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
William E. White

The United States of America: we take the name of our nation for granted. From the perspective of nearly two and a half centuries of history, it appears obvious that we should be one country, bound together by constitutional principles, stretching from the Atlantic to Pacific Oceans.