July 10 Democracy Exchange with Meira Levinson, author of No Citizen Left Behind
Unfortunately, learning how to think about race is a fundamental part of learning how to think as an American. Schools don’t need to teach that; others will. What schools can do is help students reflect critically on what they’re learning and consider how to fight against some of the more inimical features of life in a race-influenced society. This sort of critical thinking is a key feature of civic education. American civic life will be better for it.
With those lines, Levinson plunges us deep into provocative language and difficult terrain of race and the civic empowerment gap in America. She argues that the status quo is fundamentally anti-democratic, and that schools can play a role in addressing the democracy deficit by confronting the dynamics of race and racism head-on. Her new book is a candid and challenging “must-read” for those of you interested in pedagogy and civic education.
On Tuesday, July 10 at 3pm ET, join us for an engaging conversation with Ms. Levinson and other friends and champions of stronger democracy.
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