America needs civic education as ‘owner’s manual’ for democracy, expert says. April 4, 2019 Skills to analyze and repair government have nearly been lost, Harvard political theorist says at talk capping yearlong ASU series

America has lost the “owner’s manual” to democracy and must focus on restoring civics education to the next generation to reclaim it, according to a Harvard University professor and theorist.

Polarization has not only afflicted the current state of governance, it’s also the reason that civic education has faded away in schools, said Danielle Allen, the James Bryant Conant University Professor and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard.

She spoke at the final event of the yearlong series “Polarization and

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