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The decline of civics

The decline of civics

Danielle Allen said: No democracy can survive if its citizens do not believe that democracy is worth having. The long-term future of our system of government depends not only on restoring a supermajority of citizens who demand democracy but also on ensuring that that percentage exists across the generations. Nor is it enough for people...

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Don’t tell us we’re inspiring and then keep doing nothing

Don’t tell us we’re inspiring and then keep doing nothing

“Please save your praise, we don’t want it. Don’t invite us here to tell us how inspiring we are without doing anything about it. It doesn’t lead to anything.” And with that, climate change activist Greta Thunberg sums up so much of how we also treat student input in schools.  Listening to our youth does...

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Taking students seriously disrupts our comfort and threatens our sense of authority

Nicole Williams Beechum said: We know from research that students can have more robust learning experiences when what happens in school is relevant to their lives, helps them connect to a larger purpose, and is grounded in a sense of belonging. This means that the system must be responsive to their goals, interests, and sense...

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