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Civic Engagement through Education

Standing in front of a packed audience at the University of Montana School of Law, Sandra Day O’Connor spoke about her continued mission to improve civic education. O’Connor argued that civic education is crucial to sustaining America’s democratic institutions, according to Kaci Felstet of the Montana Kaimin.

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Civic Leaders Speak Out on the Need for Civic Education

With Constitution Day fast approaching, several civic leaders have taken the opportunity to critically analyze the state of American civic education and stress the need for reform. William H. Sieben, president of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and Sandra Day O’Connor, former Supreme Court Justice and creator of iCivics, both argue that improved civic education is critical to the future of our nation.

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Justice Sandra Day O’Connor discusses civics on Morning Joe

Earlier this week, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show to discuss her on-going work on civics and her newest book, Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court. As we’ve noted before, after stepping down from the Supreme Court, O’Connor founded iCivics, an online learning platform that allows students to play games that focus on the three branches of government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.

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Citizenship round-up

Here are some recent happenings in the citizenship world:

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A conversation with Sandra Day O’Connor

In Sunday’s issue of Parade Magazine, David Gergen, director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School, has a “candid conversation” with retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Since leaving the Court, O’Connor has focused much of her attention on promoting civic education through her organization iCivics, about which she speaks with Gergen.

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Sandra Day O’Connor champions civics education

Writing for CNN’s “Schools of Thought” blog last week, Donna Krache discussed her meeting with retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, in which they talked about the former justice’s work promoting civic education.

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Mid-week roundup

Some recent items of note:

  • Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has created a sample civics curriculum for the Washington Post.
  • Mike Feinberg, co-founder of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) charter school system, has an article in The Atlantic in which he uses the KIPP system as an example of what can happen when teachers and administrators are freed to try out new ways of teaching students.
  • Over at the Army’s blog, Chaplain (Maj.) Carlos C. Huerta has a moving account of dealing with PTSD upon his return home from Iraq, and he encourages other soldiers to seek help.
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Why civics?

Earlier this month, the Washington Post ran a great interview with former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the importance of civic education in the U.S. Justice O’Connor, who chairs the online civic education site iCivics, has been a leading spokeswoman for the cause of civic education in recent years, and her latest interview is well worth reading.

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Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and the Civic Mission of Schools

We reported in September about how the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools has released its new report, “Guardian of Democracy.”

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is also excited, and has contributed a series of interviews about the importance of the new report and about the state of civic education in the country.

Watch them here.

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