Civic Life

Student Blogger: What Makes a Movement Successful?

This year my classes made the transition to inquiry-based learning—completing over twelve IDMs. I think that the IDM is such a useful tool for thinking about inquiry, not just teaching it. I decided to give my students the option of writing an IDM because I believe that my students can do it and be transformed […]

C3 Hawai’i: Making Our Social Justice Education Mission Explicit

In 1916, John Dewey wrote, “As a society becomes more enlightened, it realizes that it is responsible not to transmit and conserve the whole of its existing achievements, but only such as make for a better future society. The school is its chief agency for the accomplishment of this end” (Dewey, 1916, p. 20). From […]

Talking With, At, and For Each Other: Fostering Civil Civic Discourse

Whenever I have introduced a class debate to my students, there are two standard audible reactions: the low, drawn-out “Yeeeeeesssss” and the equally drawn-out, but more defeated-sounding, grown. “I’m going to win!” “This is going to turn into a fight” “I want to be on her side. She’s good at arguing with people.” But I […]

Acting Like a Citizen: Beyond the Voting Booth

Recently, I clicked a link on my Facebook feed that said it was a list of easy ways to de-stress your life. Seemed like a good idea for me. Nothing on there was too unexpected, but many of them I refuse to do. One was to give up coffee. No. Another non-negotiable was the suggestion […]