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Citizenship roundup

Here’s an end-of-the-week news roundup for things happening in the citizenship world you may have missed:

Friday Round-up

  • 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.
  • The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) has released another state’s civic health index, this time focusing on Kentucky.
  • The Washington Examiner reports that “A congressional subcommittee has scheduled a hearing on the controversial design proposed for the Eisenhower Memorial.”
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    Mid-week roundup

    Mid-week roundup:

    • More on the Eisenhower Memorial: The Washington Post has a favorable review of the proposed memorial, hailing architect Frank Gehry for his innovation, playfulness (“Gehry has produced a design that inverts several of the sacred hierarchies of the classic memorial, emphasizing ideas of domesticity and interiority rather than masculine power and external display…”), and democratic style (the focus on Eisenhower’s childhood shows that while “Eisenhower was a great man, […] there were other Eisenhowers right behind him, other men who could have done what he did, who would have risen to the occasion if they had been tapped…”). If you’re looking for a view on the memorial different than the ones we’ve presented thus far, this review is worth reading.
    • Continuing our citizenship lessons from abroad, Program Director Gary Schmitt has a post remembering Vaclav Havel, the former president of the Czech Republic who died on Sunday. As Schmitt recounts, “The fact that Europe today is virtually ‘whole and free’ is in no small way due to the life’s work of one man, Vaclav Havel.”
    • Harvard’s Institute of Politics has some new polling data on Millenials’ views of politics and public service.
    • And finally, the Washington Post reports that military voting has increased since 2006, and found that 77 percent of troops registered to vote in the 2010 election–compared with 65 percent of Americans at large who registered. Despite these gains, though, more than 112,000 military voters never received the absentee ballots they requested for the 2010 voting cycle.