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A Complete Civics Education Requires Student Engagement

At the Core Knowledge blog, Lisa Hansel reflects on the need to engage students in American democracy. Inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt’s 1930 speech, “Good Citizenship: The Purpose of an Education,” Hansel argues that civic education must not only help students understand the basic facts of history, but also reflect on the “duties of citizenship and on showing how leadership and governance work.”

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Washington: The Classical City

Last June, the Program on American Citizenship teamed with the National Civic Art Society to present a panel discussion on the important role that memorials play in civic life, using the recent controversies over the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the proposed Eisenhower Memorial to guide the conversation. You can watch the full discussion between panelists Michael J. Lewis (Williams College), Roger Scruton (AEI), Bruce Cole (Hudson Institute) and Diana Schaub (Loyola University Maryland) here. In the January 17th issue of the Witherspoon Institute’s Public Discourse, the National Civic Art Society continued the conversation.

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