Civic Education is key to a healthy democracy – and to healthy democratic debate. In a recent article, Pete Levine, Associate Dean for Research and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Tufts University, argues for improved civic education:
Any election demands knowledge, attention and wisdom from the whole electorate. When a campaign season does not seem to be going well, there’s often angst about whether the public has been sufficiently educated.
Anxious eyes turn to our public schools.
Levine quotes Jonathan Zimmerman, professor of education and history at NYU, “Put simply, schools in the United States don’t teach the country’s future citizens how to engage respectfully across their political differences.”
You can read some of Levine’s suggestions for reform here.
Contributor: Brian Stewart, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, MPP Candidate ’17.