Observations from the MPA Lectern — The Evident and Not So Evident–by Stephen G. Harding


Regardless of the popular denouncement of public employees, we are in good hands. I know, they are in my classrooms. The up and coming students of public administration are dedicated service providers. At least this is reflective of my own observations with Master of Public Administration (MPA) students in southern California. They are mostly already “In Service” street level bureaucrats providing direct line services on a one on one basis.  They are the face of public service and the actual implementors of public policy. For the most part, what they know about government they have learned on the job not in the classroom. We in academia and the K-12 system need to do a better job of providing the foundational knowledge of civics and governance; especially for those considering careers in the public service.  Some institutions do make civic education a priority.  It just needs to be universal.





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