The NAS published the full report Making Citizens: How American Universities Teach Civics on January 10, 2017. We invite readers to consider our findings and share responses in the comments section. We are also accepting reactions in the form of articles via email to contact@nas.org.

 

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A new movement in American higher education aims to transform the teaching of civics. This report is a study of what that movement is, where it came from, and why Americans should be concerned. What we call the “New Civics” redefines civics as progressive political activism. Rooted in the radical program of the 1960s’ New Left, the New Civics presents itself as an up-to-date version of volunteerism and good works. Though camouflaged with soft rhetoric, the New Civics, properly understood, is an effort to repurpose higher education.