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March 30, 2017

Is Less Governance Always Better for Students?

Conservatives are partially right to advocate for less government, says Deborah Meier.

March 23, 2017

Our Democracy Is Weak Now, Let's Fight for It in Schools

The forms of democracy are weak now. Students, families, and teachers should fight for it, argues Deborah Meier.

March 21, 2017

Repairers of the Breach

In a time of civic unravelling especially along partisan lines, how can we add a strong emphasis (and assessment dimension) on "civic repair" to every issue and organizing effort?

March 10, 2017

The Importance of Community: Connecting Schools and Neighborhoods

Now, more than ever, young people must see themselves and their communities as the makers of history, writes Deborah Meier.

February 21, 2017

Beyond 'Civics' Vs. 'Citizenship': Possibilities for Common Ground

The recent Making Citizens report is mistaken about the youth civic education initiative Public Achievement -- it reflects itself the mobilizing, good versus evil approach which has come to dominate public life in our time, the approach to politics it also decries. The debate has also illuminated possible common ground to integrate civics and citizenship education and move beyond binary thinking.

February 17, 2017

Keeping Democracy Alive Requires Practice

Democratic practices in schools can help prepare the young for adulthood, writes Deborah Meier.

February 14, 2017

Experiential Education Should Be Apart from Schools and Colleges

David Randall, Communications Director of the National Association of Scholars, makes his third set of comments in our discussion about his report. He agrees that civic learning can never be reduced to only those things that can be learned in a classroom. But he thinks citizenship and experiential education should take place out of school.

February 09, 2017

Beyond Polarization: Education for Civic Repair

It is an ineluctable dynamic that when one polarizes, one purifies. This means eliminating the complexity of "the other side" that one sees as the enemy. In my view this is a serious problem of the National Association of Scholars report, "Making Citizens." It collapses the vast diversity of the civic engagement movement into a left wing conspiracy undertaken with stealth and subterfuge. This is a caricature. Nonviolence as a philosophy brought together with repair of civic life points beyond today's polarization. We need a reawakening to nonviolence tied to repair of civic life.

February 07, 2017

Teaching Active Citizenship in Schools Is Worth It

Like allowing free speech in society, teaching democratic ideals in schools poses risks. But those risks are worthwhile, writes Deborah Meier.

February 02, 2017

Active Citizenship Should Be Learned Out of School

In this posting, David Randall, author of Making Citizens: How American Universities Teach Civics, argues that civic life in America has benefited by abundant forms of civic participation and active citizenship is a welcome part of public life, but it doesn't belong in schools. Teachers cannot include civic practice since all are equally qualified to act as citizens by virtue of turning 18.

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