Author: Mike Sabo

Mike Sabo is the editor of RealClear’s American Civics portal.

Jack Miller Center Announces New President, Aggressive National Civics Education Plan

As part of an ambitious, five-year strategic plan to reinvigorate a civic education grounded in American founding principles and history, the Jack Miller Center has named Hans Zeiger as its next president. Zeiger will begin his new role on August 1. Founded in 2004, the Jack Miller Center is a nonprofit civic education organization based […]

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A Tribute to History’s Thinking Men of Action

Statesmanship has fallen on hard times. Modern social science cannot make sense of this once-popular category of classical political philosophy, and the virtues commonly associated with the statesman today are equated with toxic masculinity or worse. Fortunately, in his new book, “The Statesman as Thinker: Portraits of Greatness, Courage, and Moderation,” (Encounter Books) professor emeritus […]

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‘Heroes of Liberty’ Highlights Key Statesmen, Thinkers

Public controversies over the books children read in school are not going away. Numerous disputes have arisen as local school boards in states such as Texas, Virginia, and Tennessee have worked to make changes to the secondary literature used in classrooms. These efforts have been uniformly labeled “book banning,” which makes it difficult to distinguish […]

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Free Speech Under Fire at Saint Vincent College

The opportunity to speak freely and openly – especially on controversial topics – is a cornerstone of civic education. But events that unfolded after the “Politics, Policy, and Panic: Governing in Times of Crisis” conference at Saint Vincent College demonstrate that freedom of speech at America’s institutions of higher education continues to stand on shaky […]

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An Education in the American Idea

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by RealClearWire on December 7, 2021 and is crossposted here with permission. The American Idea podcast looks “to restore an understanding of the history and principles that show us what it means to be an American,” says Ashbrook Center executive director Jeff Sikkenga. Presented by Ashbrook, the podcast “explores […]

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Exploring the American Soul, One Story at a Time

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by RealClearWire on November 16, 2021 and is crossposted here with permission. Christopher Flannery insists that a civic rebirth depends “on the great truths of the Western heritage” and “the liberating principles of the American Revolution and Founding ” – the foundational truths that Abraham Lincoln called the “principles […]

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The Tocqueville Program Fosters Self-Governing Citizens

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by RealClearWire on October 28, 2021 and is crossposted here with permission. Professors Benjamin and Jenna Storey have a motto: “Education must begin from where the students are.” Today, they note, “an increasing number of bright, politically interested young people prefer Karl Marx, Carl Schmitt, and Malcolm X to the ‘Federalist Papers,’ John Stuart Mill, […]

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Educating Students About the Victims of Communism

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by RealClearEducation on October 15, 2021 and is crossposted here with permission. Many Americans today assume that the threat of Communism subsided with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. But “We continue to see Communist and socialist regimes pop up and spread not only in Latin […]

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1776 Unites Curriculum Highlights the American Character

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by RealClearWire on September 17, 2021 and is crossposted here with permission. Teachers looking for a history and civics curriculum that focuses on America’s promise of securing liberty for all have a new resource: the 1776 Unites curriculum. A creation of 1776 Unites, an initiative of the Woodson […]

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Classical Schools Designed to Produce Well-Rounded Citizens

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by RealClearEducation on July 21, 2021 and is crossposted here with permission. According to entrepreneur and philanthropist Robert L. Luddy, many students today not only lack a basic knowledge of the “American system, including the lives and deeds of the Founders and the brilliance of the Constitution,” but also […]

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Giving Back to the Country: The William S. Knight Center

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by RealClearEducation on June 16, 2021 and is crossposted here with permission. Parents looking to inspire a prudent love of country among their college-bound teens should explore The William S. Knight Center for Patriotic Education, opening later this year at College of the Ozarks. Director Andrew T. Bolger says that The […]

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Liberty Fund’s Mission More Vital Than Ever

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by RealClearWire on May 12, 2021, and is crossposted here with permission. The rise of critical race theory, along with the popularity of the New York Times’s 1619 Project, presents a serious challenge to the concept of “E Pluribus Unum.” According to Richard Reinsch, the editor of Liberty Fund’s […]

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The Claremont Institute’s Counterrevolution to Save America

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by RealClearWire on April 16, 2021 and is crossposted here with permission. Claremont Institute president Ryan Williams says that American civic education faces an acute crisis. In his estimation, essentially every institution – the vast complex of media, Big Tech, Hollywood, Fortune 500 companies, and education and government bureaucracies […]

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