Book Talk: Flunking Democracy, with Michael Rebell
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 04/03/2018
Uploaded: 04/09/2018
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Tags: activism, citizenship, Civics, democracy, funding, Law and legislation, Political parties, politics and education

Description/Abstract: Book Talk: Flunking Democracy: Schools, Courts, and Civic Participation, with Michael Rebel, Thursday, 4/19, 4-5:30pm

"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."
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Michael A. Rebell is the executive director of the Center for Educational Equity, professor of practice in law and educational policy at Teachers College, Columbia University, and adjunct professor of law at Columbia Law School. He is the author of many books, including Courts and Kids: Pursuing Educational Equity through the State Courts, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

This book talk is co-sponsored by the Department of External Affairs. Michael Rebell will be introduced by James Gardener, Associate Vice President, External Affairs.

Please rsvp with your interest and details by Tuesday, April 17th.

Where: 306 Russell