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"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 [this book], 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." -- Publisher's website.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction The civic participation crisis and the civic empowerment gap Civic participation and the federal courts Civic participation and the state courts A conceptual framework for preparing students for civic participation Education for civic participation in the twenty-first century Advancing civic preparation through the state courts Advancing civic preparation through the federal courts The legitimacy of the courts' role.
KF4124.5 .R42 2018
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2018.