Teaching America

Teaching America

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This book taps the best American thinkers to answer the essential American question: How do we sustain our experiment in government of, by, and for the people? To remain America, our country has to give its kids a civic identity, an understanding of our constitutional system, and some appreciation of the amazing achievement of American self-government. Yet schools often do no such thing. Young Americans know little about the founding fathers, the Bill of Rights, the structure of government, or the civilrights movement. Three of every four high-school seniors aren't proficient in civics, and the problem is aggravated by universities' disregard for civic education. This undermines healthy citizenship. It disenfranchises would-be voters-especially the poorand minorities-it weakens America's common culture, and it poisons political discourse. That is the subject of this book, authored by an extraordinary and politically diverse roster of public officials, scholars, and educators. In these pages, they describe our nation's civic education problem, assess its causes, offer an agenda for reform, and explain the high stakes at risk if we fail.Senator Bob Graham was governor of Florida from 1979 to 1987 and a US senator from 1987 to 2005. ... He is coauthor of America, the Ownera#39;s Manual: Making Government Workfor You (2010). ... Sense School Reform (2004), and Revolution at the Margins: The Impact of Competition on Urban School Systems ( 2002).

Title:Teaching America
Author:David Feith
Publisher:R&L Education - 2011-09-16


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