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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Teach About Voting Rights with Democracy Class from Rock the Vote

Man holding a sign that says, "Register Early to Vote." Teach voting rights.

Rock the Vote is nothing new. They’ve been around since the 1990’s trying to get people out to vote and to exercise their voting rights. But in the last few years, they’ve tried something new. They created a program called “Democracy Class,” and they partnered with organizations across the country to teach lessons in schools […]

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This Week in Civics: An NEA Spotlight, New Laws in Colorado and Illinois

The word "Teach" spelled out in blocks. Read about three teachers teaching civics.

Every week, I like to take a moment to highlight stories about civics education from around the country (and sometimes the world). So here’s a quick round up from the first week in September. There’s a great article from the National Education Association in their magazine, NEA Today, highlighting the efforts of three civics educators. […]