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Civic Education

Renewing Higher Education's Mission of Democracy

Alan D. Solomont | Posted 11.13.2014 | 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.

Can We Learn to Get Along?

Fernando Reimers | Posted 11.02.2014 | Education
Fernando Reimers

There is a solid base of evidence that we can draw on to support educational practices that can teach students to get along, to accept and even embrace those who are different to them.

Responsible Freedom

William E. White | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
William E. White

If there is anything we can learn from our revolutionary generation in these weeks leading up to the Fourth of July, it could be--it should be--to focus less on our personal freedom "wants" and invest more time in civic responsibility.

Closing the Civic Achievement Gap in an Increasingly Diverse Country

Peter Levine | Posted 02.25.2014 | Black Voices
Peter Levine

As these demographic trends transform the nation, the stubborn achievement and opportunity gaps between ethnic groups and socioeconomic circles become more evident and problematic.

What's Education for, Anyway?

William E. White | Posted 02.03.2014 | Education
William E. White

The hyperfocus on workplace development is keeping us from accomplishing the core civic education mission of our schools. Strong, engaged citizens make an excellent and reliable workforce.

The Public in Public Education

Steven Conn | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Steven Conn

In the end, public schools serve an important function not just for the students sitting in the classrooms. They provide an education for all of us in the importance of public institutions.

Crisis of Self-Government

William E. White | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
William E. White

Today, We the People are losing confidence in our institutions. But the treasure of American self-government is too precious to take for granted, and far too precious to discard.

Higher Ed's Vital Role in Civic Learning

George Mehaffy | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact
George Mehaffy

Given the multitude of perplexing challenges that our democracy faces today, it is vitally important -- if not imperative -- that we support colleges and universities in their work to educate future citizens.

A Conversation With Richard Dreyfuss at Cannes: 'Education Is Horrible in the United States'

Karin Badt | Posted 07.23.2013 | Celebrity
Karin Badt

We began by speaking about his role in Jaws. Dreyfuss passionately noted that his character, an ichthyologist, was an educated man, a passionate man, who has a goal.

Alternative Spring Break Gives CPS Students Voice Through Community Service

Shawn Healy | Posted 06.08.2013 | Chicago
Shawn Healy

Student voice has been largely absent from the debates of the last year centering on teacher contracts and school closings.

Trash-Talking America

William E. White | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics
William E. White

If we ever hope to sponsor a productive debate in this country, we will have to spend as much time listening as we do talking. Grandstanding, posturing, and trash-talking the country is not helping.

Illinois Millennials Must Help Restore State's Civic Health

Shawn Healy | Posted 04.29.2013 | Chicago
Shawn Healy

It's time for Illinois Millennials to reclaim our democracy. With today's primaries and general local elections pending in April, our youngest citizens are presented with another opportunity to restore the balance between elected officials and the governed.

What Do We Know About Civic Education? Not Enough

Maria Voles Ferguson | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Maria Voles Ferguson

In an era when U.S. students are often compared with or competing against their international counterparts, it is crucial that they understand their own nation's history and system of government and how that has and will continue to impact the world around them.

Strengthening the Middle Class in Emerging Democracies

Fron Nahzi | Posted 04.02.2013 | Impact
Fron Nahzi

The international aid community responds to familiar challenges, as they have for the past 20 years, with the same programs combining trainings and grants. One reason these programs have not yielded the intended results is that they have overlooked the importance of education.

The Issues Are What Matters

Jessica Chitkuer | Posted 01.02.2013 | Teen
Jessica Chitkuer

Looking past party biases and one-sidedness allows students to really take a look at the issues at hand.

Why Vote?

Alex Wirth | Posted 12.30.2012 | College
Alex Wirth

Last week a friend asked me at lunch, "Do you believe in voting?" I responded, "Well, of course" and then paused to think. Why vote? Would my one vote really make a difference?

Hedgefunders, Part 4: From Colleversity to Collever-City

Dr. Robert Weisbuch | Posted 12.24.2012 | College
Dr. Robert Weisbuch

The best way for the liberal arts, for colleges and universities, to create a renaissance in the twenty-first century is not to become more separate and abstruse but to become more worldly -- more cosmopolitan and real, but on our own terms.

A Democracy at Risk

Alex Wirth | Posted 12.17.2012 | Education
Alex Wirth

The results of the Harvard Public Opinion Project's new poll reveal a democracy at risk. The 2012 election might bring the lowest youth voter turnout since 18-year-olds were allowed to vote in 1972. Our democracy is at risk and we must do something about it.

Can Online Games Improve Young People's Civic Participation?

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Image: Jenny Bolario / Youth Radio By Malachi Segers Young voters make up to close to 20 percent of the electorate in the United States -- a big v...

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...

What We Need to Do About Civic Education

Peter Levine | Posted 12.11.2012 | Education
Peter Levine

Whether and how well we teach civics are important questions, especially in the midst of an election campaign in which millions of Americans are being asked to sort through complicated issues and navigate an increasingly difficult voting process.

Civic Ed And Voting: How The Two Connect

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 11.27.2012 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Robyn Gee Photo Credit: Youth Radio American Government classroom at Skyline High School in Oakland, Calif. A recent study shows that only 39 ...

What Do You Know About the Constitution?

William E. White | Posted 11.12.2012 | Education
William E. White

Our Constitution is constantly bandied about, quoted, cited, and interpreted by every pundit from every media outlet and every political persuasion. Don't just take their word for it. What do you actually know about the Constitution? What do your children know about the Constitution?

Connecting the Dots: Why Civic Engagement Has to be More Than "Good Stuff"

Paul N. Markham, Ph.D. | Posted 11.07.2012 | Education
Paul N. Markham, Ph.D.

The burden is on those of us that care deeply about civic education to connect the dots between the "good stuff" and the knowledge and skills essential for a comprehensive education, economic prosperity, and the American way of life.