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American Civic Education

The 'Agonizing Spasms' of Election Day

William E. White | Posted 01.14.2013 | Education
William E. White

Effective citizens are sophisticated consumers of information. They ask hard questions about the issues facing their community, state, and nation. All of these behaviors are learned, not innate.

Democracy Prep Fourth Graders: 'Vote For Somebody'

Posted 10.16.2012 | Education

Democracy Prep Public Schools' fourth-grade citizen scholars don’t care who you vote for, so long as you “vote for somebody.” In a YouTube video...

Civics Education Testing Only Required In 9 States For High School Graduation

Posted 10.12.2012 | Education

A study by the Center for Information and Research on Civil Learning & Engagement at Tufts University has found that most states do not emphasize civi...

National Ignorance

William E. White | Posted 12.09.2012 | Education
William E. White

American ideas are important, an essential element for charting our future. Unfortunately, we may be losing our ability to discern quality debate.

Teach Responsibility -- Teach History

William E. White | Posted 11.26.2012 | Education
William E. White

Where are the lessons of responsible citizenship? Where is the citizens' manual? Civic responsibility is not innate. It must be learned, and so it must be taught.