A recent Pioneer Institute White Paper examined the state of civic education in Massachusetts, comparing the performance of district, charter, and private— including parochial and secular private—schools in preparing students for responsible citizenship. To mark the study’s release, Pioneer sponsored a Forum with the author, David Campbell, a research fellow at Harvard University’s Program on Education Policy and Governance. Commentary was provided by former Congressman Mickey Edwards, John Quincy Adams lecturer in legislative politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; Jay Greene, senior fellow of the Manhattan Institute; and Diane Palmer, Massachusetts coordinator of “We the People” Center for Civic Education. The remarks of each are excerpted below
About David Campbell
David E. Campbell spent 1999-2001 as a Research Fellow with Harvard University’s Program on Education Policy and Governance and is currently a Research Fellow with Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Politics. He has written on a range of issues relating to both education policy and civic participation. In particular, he is an editor of Charters, Vouchers, and Public Education (Brookings, 2001) and a co-author of The Education Gap: Vouchers and Urban Schools (Brookings, forthcoming).
This paper reports on the state of civic education in Massachusetts, focusing particularly on the performance of charter schools in preparing their students for responsible citizenship. Data were collected in an extensive, original survey project that included schools from across the entire state.