Chief Justice Warns That ‘Civic Education Has Fallen By the Wayside’

"Civic education, like all education, is a continuing enterprise and conversation," Roberts said. "Each generation has an obligation to pass on to the next, not only a fully functioning government responsive to the needs of the people, but the tools to understand and improve it."

On This Day, JFK Remembered–

"To those people in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required--not because the communists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right. If a... Continue Reading →

Citizen University’s Civic Saturdays–

"Civic Saturday is a civic analogue to a faith gathering: a gathering of friends and strangers in a common place to nurture a spirit of shared purpose. But it’s not about church religion or synagogue or mosque religion. It’s about American civic religion—the creed of liberty, equality, and self-government that truly unites us. At Civic... Continue Reading →

Represent Us– Our political system is broken, or so says Represent.Us. Regardless of the source, this thesis certainly needs our attention. On the surface, the organization offers food for thought for those concerned about the apparent dysfunction of our political process and methods of governance. Though well intentioned, it does makes an overly generalized statement concerning... Continue Reading →

Our Culture of Contempt–by Arthur C. Brooks This is a must read. Arthur Brook's focus on contempt does seem to capture the mood of the nation although I would posit, with all due respect to the Civil War, this is not the most polarizing period of American history. It may just be quibbling but the Reconstruction Period, the occupation of southern States... Continue Reading →

Restore Civility to Save America— Cynicism Is Threatening the Stability of Our Country–by Earl Mathers, for the International City/County Management Association, October 2017

"This crisis of incivility has become a chronic condition of public life. Consequently, incivility is compromising the success of American society and especially the viability of the government. We should not, however, assign the blame exclusively to our leaders. As a people, Americans have become highly desensitized to behaviors that would have been outrageous not... Continue Reading →

Civics lessons: Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Neil Gorsuch on promoting education in citizenship–CBS Sunday Morning

  One of my central mantras. Many in the K-12 system and undergraduate programs think they are addressing civics adequately--THEY ARE NOT. Too often the system is geared towards meeting the short-term political needs of state capitols or employing teachers that are more interested in espousing their own political beliefs rather than providing the learning... Continue Reading →

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