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ERIC Number: EJ1182088
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
The Need for Civics Education: Public Intellectuals Reflect on Democracy at Risk
Weingarten, Randi; Snyder, Timothy; Allen, Danielle
American Educator, v42 n2 p14-16 Sum 2018
On January 10, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the Albert Shanker Institute cosponsored a panel moderated by AFT President Randi Weingarten on the role that American education should play in responding to the threats confronting our democracy. Two leading public intellectuals, Timothy Snyder, the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and the author of "On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century," and Danielle Allen, the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University and the director of Harvard's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, discuss the importance of civics education in preserving the American republic and sustaining the American ideals of liberty and democracy. They examine how to make civics real in today's classrooms and communities and how to teach about democratic citizenship in today's political climate, looking at ways to navigate this age of polarization and teach the importance of democratic citizenship while considering the country's political, social, and educational history.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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