Teaching America: The Case for Civic Education

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David Feith
R&L Education, Sep 16, 2011 - Education - 235 pages
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This book taps the best American thinkers to answer the essential American question: How do we sustain our experiment in government of, by, and for the people? 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 achievement of American self-government. Yet schools often do no such thing. Young Americans know little about the founding fathers, the Bill of Rights, the structure of government, or the civilrights movement. Three of every four high-school seniors aren't proficient in civics, and the problem is aggravated by universities' disregard for civic education. This undermines healthy citizenship. It disenfranchises would-be voters-especially the poorand minorities-it weakens America's common culture, and it poisons political discourse. That is the subject of this book, authored by an extraordinary and politically diverse roster of public officials, scholars, and educators. In these pages, they describe our nation's civic education problem, assess its causes, offer an agenda for reform, and explain the high stakes at risk if we fail.
 

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Contents

1 The Democratic Purpose of Education
3
2 My Immigrant Tale
15
3 The Right to Know Your Rights
27
4 Safeguarding American Exceptionalism
33
From the White House to the StatehousePolicymakers Lessons Learned
39
5 Civic Nation
41
6 Civic Literacy and No Child Left Behind
51
7 A Failure of Leadership
61
14 Teaching Political Sophistication
127
Among the Ivory TowersFighting Civic Neglect on Campus
139
15 Good History and Good Citizens
141
16 Talk Is Cheap
151
17 Dont Believe the Hype
161
18 Donor Intent
171
A Vision for the TwentyFirst Century
181
19 After the Digital Explosion
183

8 Forgetting Martin Luther Kings Dream
69
9 Revolutionary Ignorance
81
10 Core Curriculum
89
In the ClassroomWhat Works What Doesnt
97
11 Fighting Civic Malpractice
99
12 The KIPP Approach
111
13 The Wisdom of Twenty Thousand Teachers
119
20 How School Choice Enhances Civic Health
193
21 Education versus Indoctrination
203
22 Letter to President Obama
209
Index
219
About the Editor and Contributors
229
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David Feith is an assistant editorial features editor at The Wall Street Journal and directs the Civic Education Initiative.