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Community Educators: A Resource for Educating and Developing Our Youth

This 206-page book by Patricia Moore Harbour asserts that the relationships between education, community, and democracy are inseparable and illustrates that education is broader than just schooling. “Harbour challenges current thinking about education and reveals how the public participates in the education and development of youth.”  Continued from the book’s description… “This book is a call for action and responsibility—both individual and collective—to transform education beyond simply reforming schools. The author’s professional educational experiences, combined with stories from the field by and about youth and community […] (continue)

“That’s Not Democracy”: How Out-of-School Youth Engage in Civic Life and What Stands in Their Way

CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement) released a new study in August 2012 on how out-of-school youth engage in civic life, and what stands in their way. Many practitioners informed this project, which was produced in collaboration with the Charles F. Kettering Foundation. A vibrant and thriving democracy requires a deeply engaged and active citizenry. “Civic engagement” encompasses all the ways we identify and understand common problems in our communities, nation, and world. Robust civic engagement not only creates healthy societies; it […] (continue)

No Citizen Left Behind

While teaching at an all-Black middle school in Atlanta, Meira Levinson realized that students’ individual self-improvement would not necessarily enable them to overcome their profound marginalization within American society. This is because of a civic empowerment gap that is as shameful and antidemocratic as the academic achievement gap targeted by No Child Left Behind. No Citizen Left Behind (2012, Harvard University Press) argues that students must be taught how to upend and reshape power relationships directly, through political and civic action. Drawing on political theory, empirical research, and her […] (continue)

Contested Values: Tug-Of-War In The School Yard (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, Contested Values: Tug-Of-War In The School Yard outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. From the issue guide… America’s public […] (continue)

The Day Care Dilemma: Who Should Be Responsible For The Children? (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, The Day Care Dilemma: Who Should Be Responsible For The Children? outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. From the […] (continue)

Preparing Today’s Kids for Tomorrow’s Jobs: What Should Our Community Do? (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, Preparing Today’s Kids for Tomorrow’s Jobs: What Should Our Community Do? outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. From the […] (continue)

Our Nation’s Kids: Is Something Wrong? (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, Our Nation’s Kids: Is Something Wrong? outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common.  From the issue guide… Most American children […] (continue)

NIF Network Youth Involvement Report (NIF Report)

This 2000 report by Anne Wolford offers anecdotes from individuals who provided information to the NIF Youth Network Committee. (continue)

The Troubled American Family: Which Way Out of the Storm? (NIF Report)

This 1996 report assembled by Doble Research Associates focuses on results from forums examining the current state of the American family.  Find more details & order info on the NIF website.  From the report… While the people who deliberated in the 1995-1996 forums on The Troubled American Family: Which Way Out of the Storm? agreed that the American family is in crisis, they did not view the issue in ideological or political terms. Rather, the focus of their concern was on the future of our children. […] (continue)

Violent Kids: Can We Change The Trend? (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, Violent Kids: Can We Change The Trend? outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common.  From the issue guide… Every day […] (continue)

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