At a White House event this past January, the Obama Administration released its Road Map for civic learning, “Advancing Civic Learning and Engagement in Democracy.” The Road Map outlines nine steps the Department of Education is undertaking to increase civic learning and engagement across our country.
The Civic Learning and Engagement Initiative is requesting feedback from you on how DOE should implement 4 of the 9 steps and define “civic learning and engagement”. We encourage educators, practitioners, students, researchers, and any other interested parties to submit thoughtful opinions, ideas, suggestions and comments. Please submit all comments by November 30th to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on directly on the blog.
Have you run into Eboo Patel’s book Acts of Faith? I was very excited to hear that it is a common reading for many colleges and universities including Franklin College in my home state of Indiana.
Eboo presents a case for interfaith service… if we look at the many world conflicts then we will see a root cause as a difference of religion. Where can we find common ground amongst religions? Service. Service is one thing that religions agree about! Could service be a strategy towards world peace?
Eboo has ignited a student movement for interfaith service called the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC). Check out more details here.
IFYC has also provided leadership for The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge.
Top of my reading pile (because I always have a pile of things I want to read!)… A Crucible Moment from the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement.
A quick summary from the website…
A Crucible Moment calls on educators and public leaders to advance a 21st century vision of college learning for all students—a vision with civic learning and democratic engagement an expected part of every student’s college education. The report documents the nation’s anemic civic health and includes recommendations for action that address campus culture, general education, and civic inquiry as part of major and career fields as well as hands-on civic problem solving across differences. AAC&U thanks the Bringing Theory to Practice project and its supporters, the S. Engelhard Center, and the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, for funding the design, printing, and dissemination of this publication.