Civic Perspective and the Cosmos

Civic Perspective and the Cosmos

"'Come!' said Africanus, 'how long will your mind be chained to the Earth?'" Before setting out for Los Angeles, the scholars invited to the National Academy for Civics in Government read the Dream of Scipio. It's about finding perspective. Where you look for answers...

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This Week’s Canvas: On Getting Things Right

This Week’s Canvas: On Getting Things Right

There's no magic trick for picking three stories to put at the top of the concerned citizen's reading list. I struggle to survive the daily deluge of news just like everyone else. I often fiddle with the idea that this week was the week when it became impossible....

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Together as One People

Together as One People

The original project to unite the people of the United States as one people began in May 1787. There's a project taking place in New Orleans today that reminds us the project continues. The city started removing Confederate statues in the middle of the night. The...

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Ralph Ketcham: A Champion for Civic Education

Civic Education lost a powerful voice for meaningful civics this week. While some count political wins with states adding the citizenship test to graduation requirements, Ralph Ketcham led the charge for civic education that was "interdisciplinary, team-taught and...

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We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.

—Carl Sagan

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