Teaching America: The Future of Civic Education

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Teaching America responds to a crisis in citizenship. To remain America, our country has to give its kids a civic identity, an understanding of our constitutional, system, and some appreciation of the amazing achievements of American self-government. But we are failing to do so a failure that weakens our common culture,.disenfranchises would-be voters, and helps poison political discourse. That's why this book gathers more than twenty leading thinkers to diagnose our civic illiteracy problem, explain its terribly...

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Overview

Teaching America responds to a crisis in citizenship. To remain America, our country has to give its kids a civic identity, an understanding of our constitutional, system, and some appreciation of the amazing achievements of American self-government. But we are failing to do so a failure that weakens our common culture,.disenfranchises would-be voters, and helps poison political discourse. That's why this book gathers more than twenty leading thinkers to diagnose our civic illiteracy problem, explain its terribly high stakes and lay out a powerful agenda for reform.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Journal of Books
David Feith, an assistant editorial features editor at the Wall Street Journal and twice recipient of the Robert L. Bartley Fellow at the Wall Street Journal, has brought together an esteemed group of seminal thinkers. These men and women substantially hold to the tenet that America has to give its children a sense of civic identity along with a fundamental understanding of our American constitutional system. The essays collected by Feith address several significant issues, including the democratic purpose of education, assimilation, leadership, civil liberties in the digital age, and indoctrination—all of which are of major concern. The mixture presents a whirlwind—no, a cyclonic vortex—of exemplary thought by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Juan Williams, Alan M. Dershowitz, Senators Jon Kyl and Bob Graham, Admiral Mike Ratliff, and Peter Levine—22 in all. Levine’s comment in his “Letter to President Obama” should make everyone stop and take notice....But Glenn Harlan Reynolds’s closing statement in the preceding essay, “Education vs. Indoctrination” is the real clincher.
Jon Meacham
The past is critical to the future—a commonplace observation that would not be notable if the findings in this important book had turned out differently. As it is, Teaching America chronicles the nation’s civics deficit, arguing eloquently and sensibly for a renewed commitment to education about public life... This book and this project are excellent places to begin.
Geoffrey Canada
We need to heed the voices in this essential book. If America is going to continue to be a powerful force for good in the world, we must repair our public education system and cultivate citizens that have the tools and ideals necessary to ensure the success of our great experiment in democracy. Teaching America tells us how.
Cory Booker
The greatest threat to the future of American democracy is our failure to educate every child. In Newark and cities across this country, the problems described in Teaching America are plain to see: inadequate civic education has left many students on the margins of our democracy, unable to benefit from or contribute to its wealth and growth. Fortunately, Teaching America offers a vital blueprint for how public leaders, educators, and parents can empower our students, help them realize their genius, and strengthen our nation.
Peggy Noonan
It's hard to think of a more important subject than the one this book tackles with such clarity, power, and creativity: how to preserve American history so that all we've been, and all we mean to be, will continue to hold us together as a nation. A generation ago, President Reagan warned of 'an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit.' This book both reflects and adds fresh documentation to that warning. And its great contribution is that it offers some bracing suggestions on what to do about it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607098416
  • Publisher: R&L Education
  • Publication date: 8/11/2011
  • Series: New Frontiers in Education Series
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David Feith is an assistant editorial features editor at The Wall Street Journal and directs the Civic Education Initiative.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Civic Education, Devalued Frederick M. Hess xi

Preface: Keeping the Republic David Feith xvii

Acknowledgments xxi

I Making the Case

1 The Democratic Purpose of Education: From the Founders to Horace Mann to Today Justice Sandra Day O 'Connor 3

2 My Immigrant Tale: Assimilation and the Road to Success Juan Williams 15

3 The Right to Know Your Rights: Civic Literacy, the Miranda Warnings, and Me AlanM. Dershowitz 27

4 Safeguarding American Exceptional ism: An Uninformed Citizenry Risks Ceding Excessive Power to Government Senator Jon Kyi 33

II From the White House to the Statehouse Policymakers' Lessons Learned

5 Civic Nation: My White House Mission after September 11 John M. Bridgeland 41

6 Civic Literacy and No Child Left Behind: A Lesson in the Limits of Government Power Eugene Hickok 51

7 A Failure of Leadership: The Duty of Politicians and Universities to Salvage Citizenship Senator Bob Graham Chris Hand 61

8 Forgetting Martin LutherKing's Dream: How Politics Threatens America's Civil Rights Memory Secretary Rod Paige 69

9 Revolutionary Ignorance: What Do Americans Know of the Original Tea Party? Bruce Cole 81

10 Core Curriculum: How to Tackle General Illiteracy and Civic Illiteracy at the Same Time Andrew J. Rotherham 89

III In the Classroom What Works, What Doesn't

11 Fighting Civic Malpractice: How a Harlem Charter School Closes the Civic Achievement Gap Seth Andrew 99

12 The KIPP Approach: Be the Change You Wish to See in the World Mike Feinberg 111

13 The Wisdom of Twenty Thousand Teachers: Strengthen State Requirements, Stop Marginalizing the Founders Jason Ross 119

14 Teaching Political Sophistication: On Self-interest and the Common Good Charles N. Quigley Charles F. Bahmueller 127

IV Among the Ivory Towers Fighting Civic Neglect on Campus

15 Good History and Good Citizens: Howard Zinn, Woodrow Wilson, and the Historian's Purpose Michael Kazin 141

16 Talk Is Cheap: The University and the National Project A History John R. Thelin 151

17 Don't Believe the Hype: Young Voters Are Still Disengaged, and Universities Have Few Incentives to Fix It Mark Bauerlein 161

18 Donor Intent: Strategic Philanthropy in Higher Education Admiral Mike Ratliff 171

V A Vision for the Twenty-First Century

19 After the Digital Explosion: Education and Civil Liberties in the Internet Age Harry Lewis 183

20 How School Choice Enhances Civic Health: Vouchers and Informed Politics Jay P. Lejkowitz 193

21 Education versus Indoctrination: What Separates Sound Policy from State Overreach? Glenn Harlan Reynolds 203

22 Letter to President Obama: A Policy Approach for the Federal Government Peter Levine 209

Index 219

About the Editor and Contributors 229

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