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Civic engagement–or activism?

Over at The Chronicle for Higher Education‘s “The Conversation” blog, Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, takes aim at partisan activity in the college classroom. Four years ago, Wood argued against the practice of some colleges awarding class credit to students who volunteered on a presidential campaign, worrying that “when the distinction between academic study and political activism is lowered, political activism tends to dominate, and real education is thrust aside.”

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