Is Active Citizenship the Lowest Common Denominator?

This past week I had the pleasurable experience of having my lesson plan reach an unforeseen conclusion.  It was student’s thoughts and perceptions that led our class to look beyond the hallmarks of an effective government and begin to contemplate obstacles to governance. The list was full of systemic and long-standing problems, the sort that makes a citizen quickly feel powerless…

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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

My dear friend Eric once told me that he celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. day each year by listening to King’s “I Have A Dream Speech”.  I thought this was a great idea and decided to do the same and encouraged my high school students to do so as well.  This year as MLK day approached I was listening to…

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