This book taps the best American thinkers to answer the essential American question: How do we sustain our experiment in government of, by, and for the people? Authored by an extraordinary and politically diverse roster of public officials, scholars, and educators, these chapters describe our nation's civic education problem, assess its causes, offer an agenda for reform, and explain the high stakes at risk if we fail.
David Feith is an assistant editorial features editor at The Wall Street Journal and directs the Civic Education Initiative.
Preface: Keeping the Republic Introduction: Civic Education, Devalued Part I: Making the Case 1. The Democratic Purpose of Education: From the Founders to Horace Mann to Today 2. Safeguarding American Exceptionalism: An Uninformed Citizenry Risks Ceding Excessive Power to Government 3.The Right to Know Your Rights: Civic Literacy, the Miranda Warnings, and Me 4. My Immigrant Tale: Assimilation and the Road to Success Part II: From the White House to the Statehouse-Policymakers' Lessons Learned 5. Civic Nation: My White House Mission After 9/11 6. Civic Literacy and No Child Left Behind: A Lesson in the Limits of Government Power 7. A Failure of Leadership: The Duty of Politicians and Universities to Salvage Citizenship 8.Forgetting MLK's Dream: How Politics Threatens America's Civil Rights Memory 9. Revolutionary Ignorance: What Do Americans Know of the Original Tea Party? 10. Core Curriculum: How to Tackle General Illiteracy and Civic Illiteracy at the Same Time Part III: In the Classroom-What Works, What Doesn't 11. Fighting Civic Malpractice: How a Harlem Charter School Network Closes the Civic Achievement Gap 12. The KIPP Approach: Be the Change You Wish to See in the World 13.The Wisdom of 20,000 Teachers: Strengthen State Requirements, Stop Marginalizing the Founders 14. Teaching Political Sophistication: On Self-Interest and the Common Good Part IV: Among the Ivory Towers-Fighting Civic Neglect in Higher Education 15.Good History and Good Citizens: Howard Zinn, Woodrow Wilson, and the Historian's Purpose 16.Talk is Cheap: The University and the National Project, A History 17.Don't Believe the Hype: Young Voters Are Still Disengaged, and Universities Have Few Incentives to Fix It 18. Donor Intent: Strategic Philanthropy and Civic Education on Campus Part V: A Vision for the Twenty-First Century 19. After the Digital Explosion: Education and the Threat to Civil Liberties in the Internet Age 20. How School Choice Enhances Civic Health: Vouchers and Informed Politics 21. Education vs. Indoctrination: What Separates Sound Policy from State Overreach? 22. Letter to President Obama: A Policy Approach for the Federal Government