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Flunking Democracy: Schools, Courts, and Civic Participation

Michael A. Rebell


Throughout American history, the primary mission of public schools has been to prepare students to be effective citizens capable of sustaining a vibrant democracy. Over the past half century, however, most American schools have substantially neglected their responsibility to prepare students for civic participation. For example, in 2016, only 43% of voters under 25 turned out to vote and on the 2014 civics exam administered by the National Assessment of Educational Progress only 23% of 18 year-olds performed at or above a “proficient” level. African-American and other students of color tend to ... More

Keywords: civic education, political polarization, democratic dialogue, judicial activism, education policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226549781
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226549958.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael A. Rebell, author
Columbia University