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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.

January 19, 2017

Active Citizenship Is Democracy's Best Defense

Service learning and student organizing can provide students with connections and channels to become active citizens, writes Deborah Meier.

November 15, 2016

The Tough Road Ahead

In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, democracy in schools is more important than ever in the effort to win over Trump supporters on the part of those who didn't support the Republican candidate, writes Deb Meier.

September 13, 2016

Beyond the Melting Pot—The Powers of Citizens

The definition of citizens as co-creators adds dimensions of power beyond voting. It holds potential to challenge the "melting pot" definition of success in America, revitalizing cultural pluralism, the hidden genius of diverse cultural communities, and generating a less materialistic understanding of the American dream. How can we develop assessment practices and norms to evaluate the skills and capacities of cooperative effort and cultural development?

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