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Slavery and the Constitution in Madisonian Perspective
November 4, 2021 | Starting Points | by Michael Zuckert
There is no need to rehearse in detail the various debates over the Founders and slavery that have roiled academic and political waters since the mid-twentieth century. Suffice it to say that the main antagonists can plausibly be called Neo-Garrisonians and Neo-Lincolnians, after William Lloyd Garrison, the famous abolitionist, and Abraham Lincoln. Today these two schools have been reborn as partisans of 1619 and partisans of 1776 as the most significant benchmark dates in American history. The debates between them concern two issues in the main. First, how favorable was the Constitution toward slavery? And second, what were the motives upon which the Founding generation acted?
Federalism, Originalism, and Constitutional Amendments
November 17, 2021 | Law & Liberty | by Sean Beienburg
John McGinnis and Michael Rappaport make the straightforward and hard-to-contest point that we have few constitutional amendments because we have largely replaced the amendment protocols of Article V with judicial usurpation of that process: why change the text of a Constitution when you can simply helpfully re-interpret it away? Moreover, even many of those who defend originalism and invoke the importance of Article V amendments have been too afraid to deploy the plausible option of the state-based alternative proposal process.
The Future of Arizona Democracy
November 11, 2021 | Chamber Business News
In a panel discussion at Arizona State University Tuesday night, election policy experts examined the topic of ballot accessibility and accuracy in Arizona elections, as well as the lessons to be learned from the 2020 general election in a political environment where some Americans are expressing doubt about the administration of elections and the trustworthiness of their results.
This event was co-sponsored by the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership.
The Enduring Interest Podcast
November 1, 2021 | The Enduring Interest Podcast | with Michael Zuckert and Catherine Zuckert
Leo Strauss once wrote, “I own that education is in a sense the subject matter of my teaching and my research.” Yet, as Michael and Catherine Zuckert note, Strauss wrote very little directly on this subject. “What is Liberal Education” was first given as a commencement address at the Basic Program of Liberal Education at the University of Chicago in the late 1950s—it was subsequently published in 1961. (...) Michael and Catherine Zuckert are both Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. They are currently visiting professors at Arizona State University’s School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership.
Opinion: Viral video aside, ASU can have an honest and civil debate on race and social justice
Can Civics Save America?
May 15, 2021 | The Atlantic | with Paul Carrese
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.
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.
Massive investment in social studies and civics education proposed to address eroding trust in democratic institutions
March 1, 2021 | The Washington Post | with Paul Carrese
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.
America Needs History and Civics Education to Promote Unity
March 1, 2021 | Wall Street Journal | with Paul Carrese
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.
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.
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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.
Step Up to Restore a Sound American Civics
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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