Civics Education

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New Cogs for Old

Sep 05, 2012 by 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, writes Daniel J. Flynn.

Civics without a Country?

Aug 27, 2012 by 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."

An Unbalanced Crucible

Aug 24, 2012 by Patrick J. Deneen |

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

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

Apr 26, 2012 by 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

Apr 05, 2012 by 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

Mar 21, 2012 by 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

Mar 13, 2012 by 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

Feb 02, 2012 by Peter Wood |

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

Call For Civic Learning

Jan 10, 2012 by 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

Jan 09, 2012 by Steve Balch |

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

Civic Education and Western Civilization

Dec 08, 2011 by 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

Dec 01, 2011 by 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?

Sep 17, 2010 by 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

May 04, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Over at, 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…

Macalester Preps for World Domination

May 04, 2009 by 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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