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Civic Education in Massachusetts: Preparing Students for Citizenship

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