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 23, 2017
The forms of democracy are weak now. Students, families, and teachers should fight for it, argues Deborah Meier.
February 14, 2017
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
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
Like allowing free speech in society, teaching democratic ideals in schools poses risks. But those risks are worthwhile, writes Deborah Meier.
January 26, 2017
We need a different kind of politics beyond binary thinking -- in education and more broadly. This is active citizenship, beyond left and right. We have profound resources in our history.
January 24, 2017
This posting by David Randall, chief author of "Making Citizens," the new report from the National Association of Scholars, charges that the "new civics," aimed at turning America's youth into left wing activists, has replaced the "old civics," teaching students about the operations of government.
January 12, 2017
The new report by the National Association of Scholars, Making Citizens: How American Universities Teach Civics, reopens a debate as old as the nation -- is democracy is elections, or the ongoing work of the people?
January 05, 2017
Privatization of higher education -- from the Trump education team and other forces - feeds on private processes. To reverse the trends we need to put the public back in public education, broadly defined.
January 03, 2017
Schools must serve as democratic institutions for students so that they understand how democracy functions when they graduate high school, writes Deborah Meier.