We need a model of making school changes based on citizens first, not government first. There are many precedents.
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April 03, 2017
March 28, 2017
In learning civic skills and taking public action through the citizen politics approach, students, often on the margins, change expectations and challenge school cultures. They also illustrate the power of "a different kind of politics" beyond the Manichean mindset.
March 23, 2017
The forms of democracy are weak now. Students, families, and teachers should fight for it, argues Deborah Meier.
March 21, 2017
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
Now, more than ever, young people must see themselves and their communities as the makers of history, writes Deborah Meier.
February 21, 2017
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
Democratic practices in schools can help prepare the young for adulthood, writes Deborah Meier.
February 09, 2017
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.