This past Tuesday, the second forum in the three part-series, “Electing Our Future,” took place at the Indianapolis Public Library’s downtown location. This forum focused on The Issues Indianapolis faces presented by a panel of experts and facilitated by Sheila Kennedy. Read the transcript of Sheila’s opening statements and catch the live recording of the event courtesy of WFYI, below.
My husband and I have had a long-running argument about primary elections. (Hey–you argue with your spouse about whatever is important in your house, and we nerds will argue about what preoccupies us…) My husband insists that primaries have contributed mightily to political polarization. It’s unarguable that the people who turn out for primary elections are more partisan and ideological
Media attention is already firmly focused on 2016 and the presidential race, and that’s understandable, given the amount of cluelessness and buffoonery being displayed by the current crop of “candidates” (note the quotation marks, because, really–who can take some of these people seriously?). Most recently, Ben Carson has replaced Donald Trump as the preferred mouthpiece for bigotry and unintended irony:
It’s hard to believe it, but The Electing Our Future forums are upon us! The first event kicks off this coming Monday, Sept. 21st at 6pm. The Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce will take responsibility for this initial presentation. Which will include a brief description of where we are in the federal/state/local scheme of things; discussion of home rule/state authority; outline of
Americans are increasingly concerned about two seemingly unrelated issues: a distressing lack of civic literacy and informed civic engagement in the general public, and the escalating burden of student-loan debt. We could make significant progress on both of those issues with an updated GI Bill. Late in World War II, Congress passed the original GI Bill, which provided a wide
More Blogs. More Info. Why Local Elections Matter Why Should I Care? Can We Make You Care?
As Indianapolis gears up for municipal elections this fall, the Center for Civic Literacy is trying to get the message out that local elections, DO matter! In a collaborative project with NUVO, WFYI and a number of civic organizations, we plan to identify individuals who are Marion County residents and registered to vote, but who do not vote in off-year
In 2015, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, along with faculty and academic professionals from universities and colleges across the country will collaborate to create a national Civic Learning rubric. Following the VALUE Rubric Protocols developed by Wende Garrison and AAC&U, the national Civic Learning rubric will be suitable for institutional assessment of the civic content and knowledge students gain throughout their undergraduate education. The project team
Our televisions and Internet feeds are rapidly filling with coverage of the 2016 Presidential race. It’s hard to fault the media for its fascination with our quadrennial political spectacle, especially since the Republican field contains no fewer than seventeen candidates (at this count—who knows what other hats may be flung into the ring), many of whom are happily demonstrating that
Political wonks and junkies breathlessly await the first televised “debate” of the primary season. But sensible voters will do something more productive on debate night. Taking a walk or going to a ballgame will be better than watching 10 over prepared GOP candidates try to upstage each other with verbal brickbats and one-liners. Political debates have become nothing more than
We have heard it all before; the endless list of reasons and complaints of why people don’t engage politically, especially on a local level. The narrative seems to question, “Local politics don’t really matter anyways,” so “why should I care?” “why should I bother?” People are quick to exercise their democratic right every four years in national elections, but why
No, We’re Not Arguing from the Same Facts. How can Democracies make Good Decisions if Citizens are Misinformed?By Jennifer L. Hochschild and Katherine Levine Einstein on July 24, 2015 in Civic Blog
As we all learned in high school, citizens of a good democratic government are well-informed, able to sort through the issues of the day in deciding who to vote for or what is a good policy. Thomas Jefferson, among many others, made that argument: “by far the most important bill in our whole code is for the
In my periodic rants about the state of civic knowledge, I’ve frequently cited the results of a test periodically administered by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) as evidence of the American public’s worrisome deficit of civic literacy. As troubling as that deficit of public knowledge is–as much as it contributes to political polarization and our inability to hold government actors
We are delighted to introduce this issue with an essay by widely respected former Congressman Lee Hamilton, a longtime and ardent proponent of civic literacy and civic engagement, whose Center on Congress has added greatly to the discourse over what skills and information are critical to the maintenance of our democratic system. The two research articles in this issue address
Oh those Millennials! We older folks wring our hands, ascribing to the younger generation all of the bad habits that our own parents ascribed to ours. One of the more popular accusations is that they don’t vote, and aren’t civically involved. But what do we really know about the voting habits of this particular generation? A recent survey shines some