The Director of the Center for Community Engagement, Dr. Sarah Stanlick, published an essay on WHYY’s Speak Easy this week entitled “Myth of civics education as leftist indoctrination undermines our democracy“. She writes: “In a democratic society, civic dialogue and civic engagement exist to illuminate tensions and negotiate a path forward to a shared vision of a better tomorrow.”
The essay is response to a recent National Association of Scholars report criticizing civic education efforts and the public purpose of higher education. She responds,
- “Civic engagement, by most standards, is about asking difficult questions and doing the hard work to seek common ground for better communities. Service-learning and civic engagement as a field is constantly grappling with questions around power, voice, dysfunctional rescuing, and space for differing opinions inclusive of the criticisms included in this report. These are all legitimate questions. Unfortunately, this report never gets to that sort of deep thinking, but rather focuses on denigrating all efforts for civic engagement in higher education through poor, incomplete research.
The full text is available here.