Tag: civic education

Citizen or Subject? My Letter to the Governor

written by Todd Beach   Late last week, Governor Mark Dayton contacted the president of the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies, asking her to solicit members for their…

An Irresistible Narrative

written by H. Michael Hartoonian Today’s global conflicts are fundamentally struggles over ideas.  The ideas are religious, philosophical, and political, and they form the belief systems of a people….

A Jewel of History

written by H. Michael Hartoonian The United States is a jewel of history, not because of its landscape or people, but because it is fundamentally a set of…

Let’s Fix the Schools—Really!

written by H. Michael Hartoonian The media appears fond of parading out pundits and “experts,” exclaiming that our public schools are a mess and need fixing. A high…

The Broken Promise

Freedom without Equality and Responsibility written by H. Michael Hartoonian The United States may be ready for a new motto. My recommendation: Freedom, Equality, and Responsibility. The definition…

A Broken Covenant

written by H. Michael Hartoonian The culture teaches. The only question is, what is our culture teaching? A necessary condition of any society that claims democratic DNA is…

The Words They Choose: Scenes from My Classroom

  “Anarchy Dr. Beach…Anarchy.” One of the first questions I pose to the freshmen in my American Government & Citizenship class each fall is, ‘what is the purpose/role…

Surround Yourself With the Dreamers: Scenes from My Classroom

“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when…

Putting Exceptional back in America: It’s What Great Schools Do

written by H. Michael Hartoonian America is an exceptional place. It is exceptional not because of its landscape, the people, or its wealth, but simply because it is…

Civic Virtue, School Reform, and the Creation of Real Wealth

written by H. Michael Hartoonian   When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness Alexis de Tocqueville Democracy in America What have we…