<< The Body Politic
Friday, March 9th, 2012
- In their article “Restoring Civic Purpose in Schools” in Education Week, James E. Davis, H. Michael Hartoonian, Richard D. Van Scotter, and William E. White, authors of the Colonial Williamsburg History and Civics Project, argue for the importance of civic education in schools: “As a nation, we have begun to sever education from its civic and primary purpose. What’s missing? For starters, to be a citizen of the United States, among other things, requires developing a democratic mind—the intellectual ability to entertain contradictory or opposing ideas, hold tentative judgments, and make decisions based on facts supported by evidence. None of us is born with this capability. It must be learned, if not from the family, then in school.”
- The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) has released another state’s civic health index, this time focusing on Kentucky: “From 1978 to 2002, Kentuckians consistently trailed the national turnout rate in midterm elections. In 2006 and 2010, Kentucky broke that trend with turnout slightly above the national average. An estimated 49.4% of citizens in KY voted in 2006.”
- The Washington Examiner reports that “A congressional subcommittee has scheduled a hearing on the controversial design proposed for the Eisenhower Memorial, a sign that opponents–which include the Eisenhower family–might be gaining steam in their quest for a new design.” For our past coverage of the Memorial controversy, click here.
- And, for an end-of-the-week mental health break, “stuff” civilians say to veterans.