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A Crucible Moment

Following on the heels of  the release of our own study looking at civic education initiatives in k-12 charter schools, a new report by the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement sounds the rallying cry for civic education at a college level. Entitled A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future, the report “urges every college and university to foster a civic ethos that governs campus life, make civic literacy a goal for every graduate, integrate civic inquiry within majors and general education, and advance civic action as lifelong practice.”

As we’ve noted before, the heavy emphasis placed on STEM subjects in an attempt to prepare students for the marketplace has unintended consequences.


Mid-week roundup

What’s happening in the citizenship world? Here’s a mid-week roundup of recent tidbits we found interesting:

  • The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) has a number of recent findings about youth voting behaviors. We’ve covered their ambitious report “Understanding a Diverse Generation: Youth Civic engagement in the United Statesbefore, but they’ve since come out with more information–including a comparison of the number of young (18-29 year old) voters to those over 65 (in case you were wondering, there are more of the former); an analysis of current voter registration by young Americans in key battleground states as compared to the 2008 voting cycle (the number of new, young Democratic voters have dropped); and a look at youth voting in the Iowa Caucus.
  • Peter Levine–the director of  CIRCLE–shares this research and offers some lessons in an op-ed published in the Cedar Rapids Gazette–now available in full at Peter’s blog.
  • And finally, we shared this with our Facebook friends last week, but the story is too good to not post about here: Air Force ROTC cadet Matt Pirrello, who lost his entire right leg in a training accident, is still determined to become a pilot. Read about his inspiring journey here.

September 24: National Museum Day

Saturday, September 24, is National Museum Day, organized by the Smithsonian Museums. As the magazine’s site explains, “In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket…for free.”

To get your free ticket, and to find a list of participating museums in your area, visit the Museum Day website here.