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Educating for American Democracy

Educating for American Democracy (EAD) is an unprecedented effort that convened a diverse and cross-ideological group of scholars and educators to create a Roadmap to Educating for American Democracy— guidance and an inquiry framework that states, local school districts, and educators can use to transform the teaching of history and civics to meet the needs of a diverse 21st century K–12 student body.

Below you can learn more and read about the school's involvement in the project. 

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Can Civics Save America?

May 15, 2021 | The Atlantic 

Paul Carrese, a political scientist and the director of the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University, told me this “historical and civic ignorance” contributes to the polarization that is generated on social media.

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Opinion: Our democracy is ailing. Civics education has to be part of the cure.

March 2, 2021 | The Washington Post | Opinion by Danielle Allen and Paul Carrese

For decades, our national educational policy has focused on achieving global competitiveness from a national security and economic standpoint. Thanks to serious and needed investments in science, technology, engineering and math, we spend about $50 of federal funds per student per year on STEM. But we only spend 5 cents per year on civic education.

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Massive investment in social studies and civics education proposed to address eroding trust in democratic institutions

March 1, 2021 | The Washington Post 

Now, a diverse collection of academics, historians, teachers, school administrators and state education leaders is proposing an overhaul of the way civics and history are taught to American K-12 students. And they’re calling for a massive investment of funds, teacher training and curriculum development to help make that happen.

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America Needs History and Civics Education to Promote Unity

March 1, 2021 | Wall Street Journal

A key part of our task is to reinvigorate teaching and learning of American history and civics in our nation’s schools. A constitutional democracy requires a citizenry that has a desire to participate, and an understanding of how to do so constructively, as well as the knowledge and skills to act for the common good. 

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Conservatives Should Give the New Civics Roadmap a Fair Chance | Paul O. Carrese & James R. Stoner Jr.

June 27, 2021 | American Greatness

Decades of the obstruction-only strategy have left Americans ignorant and polarized; it’s time for a constructive alternative.

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Scholars Develop Road Map For Teaching Civics In A Politically Divided U.S.

June 22, 2021 | KJZZ

Paul Carrese of Arizona State University's School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership was involved with a team of scholars in developing the "Roadmap to Educating for American Democracy." KJZZ spoke with him to learn about the project and what spurred his involvement.

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Step Up to Restore a Sound American Civics

June 15, 2021 | National Review

Most teachers, principals, and district leaders have run for cover amid this culture-war approach to civics reform, avoiding genuine improvements and letting students receive a deficient preparation for informed and engaged citizenship.

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What’s So Un-American about a Shared American Civics? | Paul O. Carrese & James R. Stoner Jr.

June 9, 2021 | National Review

Why are our conservative friends deriding and denouncing the Educating for American Democracy proposal for the enhancement of civics teaching in K–12 schools? They claim it is a Trojan horse for the leftist ideology of the 1619 Project and for “action civics,” both of which all people of conservative temperament — and probably many non-“woke” liberals — see as misguided, the first for its distorted account of American history, the second for its eagerness to politicize the classroom and enlist young students as advocates of left-wing causes.

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Mobs in America's Past and Present | Colleen Sheehan

January 28, 2021 | We the People

A mob stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, leading to a ricochet of effects including the impeachment of President Trump. On this episode, experts Larry Kramer, president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Colleen Sheehan, Director of Graduate Studies at the Arizona State School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, explore the history of mobs past and present, online and in-person.

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ASU’s School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership

November 16, 2020 | RealClear Education

As Americans deal with the political fallout from the 2020 election, Arizona State University associate professor Adam Seagrave says that “extreme political polarization” and the “breakdown of productive civil discourse” continue to be defining features of our times.

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Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Jon Kyl: How to revive a shared dream for America's future

November 18, 2020 | USA Today

With improved civics education, the next generation will be better equipped to engage in constructive debate about our future.

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To heal our nation, Americans need to recommit to shared values | Marc Morial

October 13, 2020 | USA Today

One of the most powerful means of assuring racial and social justice lies in building a shared sense of American values and commitment to each other.

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Saving the American Constitution | Colleen Sheehan

September 23, 2020 | Arizona Capitol Times

Our nation today is badly fragmented, and civil discourse is, well, not very civil.  Some have even speculated about disunion, of becoming two Americas.

Someone recently asked me, “How can the Constitution save us?” My response was that it can’t. Rather, it is up to us to save the Constitution.

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How women, who could decide the 2020 presidential race, won the right to vote | Catherine Zuckert

September 18, 2020 | Arizona Capitol Times

Pundits now say that the votes of “suburban women” may determine the outcome of the 2020 election. We don’t know exactly who these “suburban women” are or how they will vote, but it is clear that women’s votes now count.

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Does A Lack Of Civics Education Make Americans Less Likely To Vote?

April 23, 2019 | KJZZ

Harvard University professor Danielle Allen has studied and written about civics education extensively, and she was recently in the area as part of a presentation for ASU’s School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership.

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