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Book Review: Flunking Democracy – A Fresh Perspective on Fixing Civics

A cartoonish picture of a judge with the scales of justice behind him. In Flunking Democracy, Michael Rebell argues that courts can force states to fix civics education.

In Flunking Democracy: Schools, Courts, and Civics Education, Michael Rebell presents a novel approach to fix civics education in America – a lawsuit. Michael Rebell is a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is also an experienced litigator who has brought lawsuits on equity in education. The book is the product of a seminar […]

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15 Persuasive Essay Topics About Controversial Issues

Hand writing in a book on a persuasive essay topic, and a cup of coffee in the background.

Controversial issues can be a great way to get your students engaged, and they also make perfect persuasive essay topics. Whether your goal is to explore the controversial issue itself or to teach the mechanics of persuasive writing, controversial issues and persuasive essays go hand in hand. In order to write a good persuasive essay, […]

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24 Great Movies About Government and Politics

Lincoln is one of the greatest government movies.

If you’re a political junky like me, then there’s probably nothing you enjoy more than good movies about government and American politics. It doesn’t matter if it’s based on a true story or fictional. The machinations of government, the thrill of a campaign, and the personalities of politics just make for great movies. Some of […]

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5 Project Citizen Ideas for School Level Topics and Problems

Lightbulb on a chalkboard with a drawing of a thought bubble.

So you’re thinking of assigning Project Citizen to your students – or maybe your teacher has assigned it to you – but you want some topic ideas to start with? Well here’s a list of five Project Citizen topic ideas to kick off your brainstorming session. Don’t know what Project Citizen is? That’s ok. Check […]

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