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Articles on Making Citizens

July 23, 2018

Article: Is Service-Learning a Disservice to Philosophy?

National Association of Scholars

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

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March 8, 2018

Article: 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.

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March 5, 2018

Article: The Oscars, Oppression, and Our Mal-educated Citizenry

Keli Carender

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

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October 16, 2017

Article: Civics Education Must Be Liberal Education

Ian Lindquist

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

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July 20, 2017

Article: The New Civics Pushes Progressive Advocacy Through Service Learning

David Randall

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

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February 23, 2017

Article: David Randall Speaks at AEI

National Association of Scholars

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

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February 15, 2017

Article: David Randall Concludes his Conversation in Education Week with Harry Boyte

National Association of Scholars

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

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February 6, 2017

Article: David Randall Replies to Stanley Fish in The Chronicle

National Association of Scholars

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

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February 6, 2017

Article: 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.

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February 6, 2017

Article: Peter Wood in Real Clear Education on the Berkeley Riots

National Association of Scholars

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

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February 3, 2017

Article: David Randall Continues his Conversation in Education Week with Harry Boyte

National Association of Scholars

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

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January 18, 2017

Article: Stanley Fish Opposes Politicized “New Civics”

National Association of Scholars

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

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January 11, 2017

Article: New York Post and Others Highlight NAS Report

National Association of Scholars

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.

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January 10, 2017

Article: Radical Activists Hijack Civics Education, Study Finds

National Association of Scholars

PRESS RELEASE: A new study, Making Citizens, documents how activists have taken over the term "civic learning" and turned it into a way to raise up a new generation of protesters. 

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January 10, 2017

Article: Making Citizens: How American Universities Teach Civics

National Association of Scholars

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

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December 28, 2016

Article: Wasted Colleges: The New Civics in Colorado - 1/12/17 in Denver, CO

National Association of Scholars

Join us in Denver, CO on Thursday, January 12, for an evening event celebrating the release of our new report Making Citizens: How American Universities Teach Civics. 

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December 27, 2016

Article: Losing the Republic: The Progressive Hijack of Civics Education - 1/10/17 in DC

National Association of Scholars

Join us in Washington, DC on Tuesday, January 10, for a formal event celebrating the release of our new report Making Citizens: How American Universities Teach Civics. 

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November 22, 2016

Article: Paying Students to Protest Trump

David Randall

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

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November 9, 2016

Article: Congratulations President-Elect Trump

National Association of Scholars

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

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November 7, 2016

Article: 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.

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May 11, 2016

Article: “Blackness” Matters

Rachelle Peterson

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

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February 29, 2016

Article: Peter Wood Speaks at Heritage Foundation Event on the Modern University

National Association of Scholars

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

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August 19, 2015

Article: Patriotism Is Not Just for Conservatives

Ashley Thorne

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

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May 22, 2015

Article: 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.

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October 7, 2014

Article: Environmental Colonialism

Rachelle Peterson

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

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January 22, 2014

Article: Event: New York Affiliate to Host Lecture by Daniel DiSalvo

National Association of Scholars

On February 2nd, Daniel Disalvo will discuss "Government Unions and Inequality - de Blasio's Dilemma."

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October 7, 2013

Article: National Association of Scholars Receives Grant to Study College-Level Civics Education

PRESS RELEASE: The Daniels Fund in Denver, Colorado, has awarded the NAS a $45,000 grant to conduct a study of civics teaching in four universities.

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November 29, 2012

Article: Democratic Engagement and Governance: Part II

William H. Young

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

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November 15, 2012

Article: 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.

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September 12, 2012

Academic Question: 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.

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September 11, 2012

Article: The "Existential" Crisis in Higher Education

Glenn Ricketts

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

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September 5, 2012

Academic Question: New Cogs for Old

Daniel J. Flynn

The report "A Crucible Moment," correctly diagnoses the problem of using higher education primarily as job training but mistakenly encourages us to use it primarily as political training,...

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August 27, 2012

Academic Question: Civics without a Country?

Diana Schaub

The call for renewed civic activism in schools and colleges neglects a true understanding of American ideals and history in favor of "global citizenship."

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August 24, 2012

Academic Question: An Unbalanced Crucible

Patrick J. Deneen

"Civic education is again in vogue," writes Patrick J. Deneen, but it has been "wholly redefined and retooled for progressive purposes."

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April 26, 2012

Article: 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.

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April 5, 2012

Article: Capitalism and Western Civilization: Education

William H. Young

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

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March 21, 2012

Article: 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.

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March 13, 2012

Article: 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.

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February 2, 2012

Article: Civics Lessons

Peter Wood

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

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January 10, 2012

Article: 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.

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January 9, 2012

Article: Some Critical Thinking for 2012

Steve Balch

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

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December 8, 2011

Article: 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.

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December 1, 2011

Article: 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.

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September 17, 2010

Article: 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.

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May 4, 2010

Article: 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 atten...

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May 4, 2009

Article: 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.

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April 29, 2009

Article: Swear It!

Ashley Thorne

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

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September 22, 2008

Article: College Credit for Campaign Volunteers

Peter Wood

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

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