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Civic Education

  • Not Our President

    Leo Casey discusses four reasons why the Trump Presidency fails the test of legitimacy as laid out in America's founding documents.
  • The Role Of Teacher Diversity In Reducing Implicit Bias

    By changing the configuration of actors in the school setting, it is possible to influence who will interact with whom – and, in the process, disconfirm the preconceptions that undergird stereotypes and unconscious biases.
  • Why We Defend The Public Square

    Opening remarks from our recent "In Defense of the Public Square" conference focus on the importance of the public square as a driver of opportunity and justice not just for a privileged few, but for all.
  • In Defense Of The Public Square

    Please join us May 1-2 for a special conference, bringing together prominent elected officials, public intellectuals, and union, business and civil rights leaders “in defense of the public square.”
  • To Seek Common Ground On Life's Big Questions, We Need Science Literacy

    Scientist Jonathan Garlick argues that science literacy is needed to find common ground on the important science-based issues facing us today.
  • Where Al Shanker Stood: Democracy In Public Education

    In his final NY Times column in March 1997, Al Shanker discussed the role of democracy in public education.
  • Invisible Labor Redux

    One often-overlooked reason for unions' decline is that labor history gets little attention in history textbooks, and when it does, it is marked by distortions.
  • "Show Me What Democracy Looks Like"

    NYC teacher John McCrann argues that student assessment should be designed via a process that embodies democratic principles.
  • NAEP And Public Investment In Knowledge

    Recent cuts to the test called "the nation's report card" reflect a disturbing erosion of public disinvestment in research and development.
  • Richard Parrish And The March On Washington For Jobs And Freedom

    Historian William Jones remembers Richard Parrish, long time labor and civil rights activist who also played a key role in the 1963 March on Washington.
  • Poor Implementation Undermines Promise Of The Common Core

    New York City teacher Stephen Lazar lays out two major requirements for proper implementation of the Common Core standards.
  • Voter Suppression: An American Political Tradition

    In her timely new book, a voting rights expert describes traditional and contemporary efforts to deny the vote to eligible citizens.
  • Jobs And Freedom: Why Labor Organizing Should Be A Civil Right

    Civil rights activists Norm and Velma Hill review "Why Labor Organizing Should Be a Civil Right," arguing that the book could form the basis for a strong and diverse coalition on behalf of civil rights, racial equality, and economic justice.
  • Public Schools Create Citizens In A Democratic Society

    University of Michigan Professor Jeffrey Mirel argues that strong public schools are a primary means by which citizens learn trust, tolerance and faith in democracy, and that this is evident in the history of our nation.
  • Collective Bargaining Teaches Democratic Values, Activism

    The process of collective bargaining, voting on agreements, and the overall experience gained through union membership are crucial drivers in the process of “democratic acculturation."
  • Labor In High School Textbooks: Bias, Neglect And Invisibility

    A new Shanker Institute report reviews the portrayal of organized labor in U.S. high school textbooks. The report concludes that U.S. history texts have essentially "taken sides" in the intense political debate around unions - the anti-union side.
  • Can We Make Voting Like Tweeting?

    Why do Americans, who are unusually willing to engage in so many forms of media expression and participation, such as product reviews, Twitter and Facebook, fail to show the same enthusiasm for expression on election day?
  • Suppressing Democracy

    Recent efforts to require identification for voting/registering are a transparent attempt to suppress turnout among likely Democratic voters, in a nation where electoral participation is already among the worst in the world.
  • New Teaching Resource Highlights Voices Of Leading Pro-Democracy Muslims

    The Shanker Institute is proud to release "Islam and Democracy," a collection of speeches, articles, and idea by pro-democracy Muslims. The selections were reviewed by scholars, teachers, and others, and the collection is also designed for use in high school classrooms.
  • A Call For Democracy And Human Rights In The Arab States

    This year, a group of Arab intellectuals, politicians, and advocates convened in Casablanca to issue an appeal for civil and labor rights in the region.
  • Standing Up For The Rights Of Others

    President Obama's U.N. speech last week gives new hope to supporters of human and democratic rights.
  • Does Language Shape Thought?

    Do the words we use frame the thoughts that we have? And, if so, does the language we speak affect how we think?
  • One Person, 2.5 Votes

    According to the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, the U.S. is ranked 139th in voter turnout out of the roughly 170 democracies in the world. To whatever degree participation is a measure of how well a democracy functions, the United States' is among the worst.