Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226549811 Will Publish April 2018
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Flunking Democracy

Schools, Courts, and Civic Participation

Michael A. Rebell

Flunking Democracy

Michael A. Rebell

288 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226549811 Will Publish April 2018
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780226549781 Will Publish April 2018
E-book $30.00 ISBN: 9780226549958 Will Publish April 2018
The 2016 presidential election campaign and its aftermath have underscored worrisome trends in the present state of our democracy: the extreme polarization of the electorate, the dismissal of people with opposing views, and the widespread acceptance and circulation of one-sided and factually erroneous information. Only a small proportion of those who are eligible actually vote, and a declining number of citizens actively participate in local community activities. In Flunking Democracy, Michael A. Rebell makes the case that this is not a recent problem, but rather that for generations now, America’s schools have systematically failed to prepare students to be capable citizens. Rebell analyzes the causes of this failure, provides a detailed analysis of what we know about how to prepare students for productive citizenship, and considers examples of best practices. Rebell further argues that this civic decline is also a legal failure—a gross violation of both federal and state constitutions that can only be addressed by the courts. Flunking Democracy concludes with specific recommendations for how the courts can and should address this deficiency, and is essential reading for anyone interested in education, the law, and democratic society.
Contents
Acknowledgments

Introduction
Chapter 1. The Civic Participation Crisis—and the Civic Empowerment Gap
Chapter 2. Civic Participation and the Federal Courts
Chapter 3. Civic Participation and the State Courts
Chapter 4. A Conceptual Framework for Preparing Students for Civic Participation
Chapter 5. Education for Civic Participation in the Twenty-First Century
Chapter 6. Advancing Civic Preparation through the State Courts
Chapter 7. Advancing Civic Preparation through the Federal Courts
Chapter 8. The Legitimacy of the Courts’ Role
 
Notes
Index
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