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In Teaching America, more than 20 leading thinkers sound the alarm over a crisis in citizenship—and lay out a powerful agenda for reform. The book’s unprecedented roster of authors includes Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Senator Jon Kyl, Senator Bob Graham, Secretary Rod Paige, Alan Dershowitz, Juan Williams, Glenn Reynolds, Michael Kazin, Frederick Hess, Andrew Rotherham, Mike Feinberg, Seth Andrew, Mark Bauerlein and more.

Their message: 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. Young Americans know little about the Bill of Rights, the democratic process, or the civil rights movement. Three of every four high school seniors aren’t proficient in civics, nine of ten can’t cut it in U.S. history, and the problem is only aggravated by universities' disregard for civic education. Such civic illiteracy weakens our common culture, disenfranchises would-be voters, and helps poison our politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607098416
Publisher: R&L Education
Publication date: 08/11/2011
Series: New Frontiers in Education Series
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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

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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