Teaching America: The Case for Civic Education by David J. FeithTeaching America: The Case for Civic Education by David J. Feith

Teaching America: The Case for Civic Education

byDavid J. FeithContribution bySeth Andrew, Charles F. Bahmueller

Paperback | August 11, 2011

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In Teaching America, more than 20 leading thinkers sound the alarm over a crisis in citizenship-and lay out a powerful agenda for reform. The book's unprecedented roster of authors includes Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Senator Jon Kyl, Senator Bob Graham, Secretary Rod Paige, Alan Dershowitz, Juan Williams, Glenn Reynolds, Michael Kazin, Frederick Hess, Andrew Rotherham, Mike Feinberg, Seth Andrew, Mark Bauerlein and more.Their message: To remain America, our country has to give its kids a civic identity, an understanding of our constitutional system, and some appreciation of the amazing achievements of American self-government. But we are failing. Young Americans know little about the Bill of Rights, the democratic process, or the civil rights movement. Three of every four high school seniors aren't proficient in civics, nine of ten can't cut it in U.S. history, and the problem is only aggravated by universities' disregard for civic education. Such civic illiteracy weakens our common culture, disenfranchises would-be voters, and helps poison our politics.
David Feith is an assistant editorial features editor at The Wall Street Journal and directs the Civic Education Initiative.
Title:Teaching America: The Case for Civic EducationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 9.16 × 6.16 × 0.59 inPublished:August 11, 2011Publisher:R&L EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface: Keeping the RepublicIntroduction: Civic Education, DevaluedPart I: Making the Case1. The Democratic Purpose of Education: From the Founders to Horace Mann to Today2. Safeguarding American Exceptionalism: An Uninformed Citizenry Risks Ceding Excessive Power to Government3.The Right to Know Your Rights: Civic Literacy, the Miranda Warnings, and Me4. My Immigrant Tale: Assimilation and the Road to SuccessPart II: From the White House to the Statehouse-Policymakers' Lessons Learned5. Civic Nation: My White House Mission After 9/116. Civic Literacy and No Child Left Behind: A Lesson in the Limits of Government Power7. A Failure of Leadership: The Duty of Politicians and Universities to Salvage Citizenship8.Forgetting MLK's Dream: How Politics Threatens America's Civil Rights Memory9. 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 TimePart III: In the Classroom-What Works, What Doesn't11. Fighting Civic Malpractice: How a Harlem Charter School Network Closes the Civic Achievement Gap12. The KIPP Approach: Be the Change You Wish to See in the World13.The Wisdom of 20,000 Teachers: Strengthen State Requirements, Stop Marginalizing the Founders14. Teaching Political Sophistication: On Self-Interest and the Common GoodPart IV: Among the Ivory Towers-Fighting Civic Neglect in Higher Education15.Good History and Good Citizens: Howard Zinn, Woodrow Wilson, and the Historian's Purpose16.Talk is Cheap: The University and the National Project, A History17.Don't Believe the Hype: Young Voters Are Still Disengaged, and Universities Have Few Incentives to Fix It18. Donor Intent: Strategic Philanthropy and Civic Education on CampusPart V: A Vision for the Twenty-First Century19. After the Digital Explosion: Education and the Threat to Civil Liberties in the Internet Age20. How School Choice Enhances Civic Health: Vouchers and Informed Politics21. Education vs. Indoctrination: What Separates Sound Policy from State Overreach?22. Letter to President Obama: A Policy Approach for the Federal Government

Editorial Reviews

It's hard to think of a more important subject than the one this book tackles with such clarity, power, and creativity: how to preserve American history so that all we've been, and all we mean to be, will continue to hold us together as a nation. A generation ago, President Reagan warned of 'an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit.' This book both reflects and adds fresh documentation to that warning. And its great contribution is that it offers some bracing suggestions on what to do about it.