The home of “things said” by the National Association of Scholars.

Testing Threatens "Civic Education"

David Randall

New Civics finds an enemy in standardized testing. It turns out, explains David Randall, that tests require extensive factual knowledge. The sort of knowledge that only comes from in-class education and diverts students from the progressive activism training proponents of New Civics prefer. 

NAS Statement on The Philanthropy Roundtable's Civic Education Program


A new program to bolster civic literacy. 

Put an End to Partisan Courses at Public Universities

Peter Wood

Universities shouldn't pay students to engage in political activism. 

Is Service-Learning a Disservice to Philosophy?


NAS member Spencer Case writes on the use of service-learning in philosophy.

Reviving the American History for Freedom Program

Steve Balch

Former NAS President Steve Balch writes on the efforts to revive and refund AHF.

The Real Fallout From High School Walkouts

Peter Wood

Writing at Minding the Campus, NAS President Peter Wood discusses how student walkouts subordinate education to the quest for power.

The Oscars, Oppression, and Our Mal-educated Citizenry

Keli Carender

The Oscars are yet another example of how American civics education has been corrupted.

Civics Education Must Be Liberal Education

Ian Lindquist

Ian Lindquist writes on the flaws of civics education, and on how it can be improved.

The New Civics Pushes Progressive Advocacy Through Service Learning

David Randall

David Randall examines a few case studies of New Civics programs in Indiana.

The New Civics: Using 'Service Learning' to Teach Progressive Advocacy

David Randall

David Randall writes about the New Civics in Oklahoma.

David Randall Speaks at AEI


Director of Communications David Randall speaks on Making Citizens at the American Enterprise Institute.

David Randall Concludes his Conversation in Education Week with Harry Boyte


David Randall concludes his conversation with Harry Boyte and Deborah Meier at Education Week.

David Randall Replies to Stanley Fish in The Chronicle


David Randall Replies to Stanley Fish's critique of Making Citizens in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Trumporially Deranged

Peter Wood

Do our commonalities outweigh our differences? NAS President Peter Wood discusses anger in America today and his hopes for higher education.

Peter Wood in Real Clear Education on the Berkeley Riots


NAS President Peter Wood explains the causes of the Berkeley Riot--the New Civics in action.

David Randall Continues his Conversation in Education Week with Harry Boyte


David Randall continues his conversation with Harry Boyte and Deborah Meier at Education Week.

David Randall in Conversation with Harry Boyte in Education Week


David Randall responds to Harry Boyte and Deborah Meier at Education Week.

Stanley Fish Opposes Politicized “New Civics”


Professor Stanley Fish offers his thoughts on our report Making Citizens.

New York Post and Others Highlight NAS Report


NAS has analyzed the masquerading of political activism as a civics education in our report Making Citizens: How American Universities Teach Civics, garnering media attention.

Making Citizens: How American Universities Teach Civics


An in-depth report on how civics is taught around the United States.

Paying Students to Protest Trump

David Randall

"Civic Engagement" is Progressive Politics--and it's not even pretending anymore that it isn't.

Congratulations President-Elect Trump


In the aftermath of the 2016 election season, the National Association of Scholars extends its well-wishes to the incoming president.

Election Reflections

Peter Wood

On this election eve, a few of the staff at the National Association of Scholars have written reflections on citizenship in America.

“Blackness” Matters

Rachelle Peterson

A panel at The New School shows the racial essentialism of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Peter Wood Speaks at Heritage Foundation Event on the Modern University


NAS president Peter Wood spoke on a panel at a Heritage Foundation event titled "Who Rules the Universities?"

Patriotism Is Not Just for Conservatives

Ashley Thorne

Ashley Thorne responds to a New Yorker article on civics education. 

NAS's Ashley Thorne in WSJ Letter: "Bring Back Civics Learning"

Ashley Thorne

America used to think civics education was crucial to their citizenship. Now it is either avoided or a chore.

Environmental Colonialism

Rachelle Peterson

A team of youth is calling for a return to the "eco-friendly" Aztec tradition.

Democratic Engagement and Governance: Part II

William H. Young

William Young concludes an examination of the unfolding civic engagement initiatives by higher educational institutions.

Democratic Engagement and Governance: Part I

William H. Young

William Young compares traditional republican governmental principles with the current democratic engagement initiatives promoted on college campuses.

AQ Fall 2012 Issue: “A Crucible Moment? A Forum on the President’s Call for a New Civics”

Crystal Plum

The fall 2012 issue of NAS’s journal Academic Questions presents a forum in which scholars respond to a call for a new kind of civics education.

The "Existential" Crisis in Higher Education

Glenn Ricketts

The president of Syracuse analyzes the existentialism of higher education's current predicament.

Diversity: Obama's Higher Education Agenda, Part 5 of 8

Peter Wood

In the fifth of an eight-part series, Peter Wood examines the president’s pursuit of diversity in higher education.

Capitalism and Western Civilization: Education

William H. Young

William Young examines the state of contemporary education and finds it wanting

Better Citizens: Obama’s Higher-Education Agenda, Part 4A of 8

Peter Wood

In the fourth installment of his eight-part series, Peter Wood examines the president’s goal of using American higher education to inculcate progressive political values.

Professors Also Need to be Students

Jason Fertig

When you spend the bulk of your time driving, it's easy to forget how the car looks from the passenger seat.

Civics Lessons

Peter Wood

Peter Wood critiques the new AAC&U report on college-level civics education.

Call For Civic Learning

Glenn Ricketts

Mr. Ricketts advocates the study of civics, but his idea of such a course differs from how the a recent DoED report interprets the subject.

Some Critical Thinking for 2012

Steve Balch

What can higher education do to help equip Americans for informed citizenship?

Civic Education and Western Civilization

William H. Young

William Young discusses the role of civic education in the Western tradition, and the consequences of its disappearance from the curriculum.

Civic Virtue and Western Civilization

William H. Young

William Young examines the tradition of civic virtue in the Western tradition, and ponders the consequences of its decline.

A Call for Open-Mindedness or a Culture War Maneuver?

Peter Wood

The AAC&U's new report, "Engaging Diverse Viewpoints," styles itself as an appeal for intellectual diversity but is full of politically correct buzzwords.

College Students Aspire to Be Citizens of the World

Ashley Thorne

Over at NAS.org, we occasionally re-post one or two pieces from the same month a year ago in order not to lose sight of some of NAS's best articles and the ones that have received the most attention. Today we re-post an article NAS president Peter Wood wrote after visiting Macalester College and noticing its Institute for Global Citizenship. What is "global citizenship" anyway? According to a Macalester student, it's "universal universalism." Huh?

Macalester Preps for World Domination

Peter Wood

Strongbad mentioned as possible leader, grateful global citizens break out in spontaneous Harambee celebration, American higher education at its finest.

Swear It!

Ashley Thorne

Ball State U's new core curriculum wants to turn students into activists.

College Credit for Campaign Volunteers

Peter Wood

Students are earning academic credit for helping out in the presidential campaigns.