RHI: Promoting Active Citizenship
Across this nation, citizens
of all backgrounds are grappling with big questions. Pressing
topics such as education, the environment, civic participation,
and the future of the United States are being considered and worked
on at all levels. There is a sense of urgency, and a sense of
determination to do something about it. And you, the educator,
are on the front lines.
“The job of recalling higher education’s public
purpose now falls to the institutions themselves. . . . Athoughtful
twenty-first-century curriculum can and should renew higher education’s
moral compact with America.”
—Professor Harry R. Lewis of Harvard University, author
of Excellence Without a Soul: Does Liberal Education Have a Future?,
writing in The Chronicle Review, September 7th, 2007
What is education’s public
purpose? What about this “moral compact”? These issues
are surely not limited to colleges and universities; in fact,
they are crucial to education at all levels. So it is with great
excitement that we present you with the second issue of RHI.
Focusing on the topic of citizenship, this issue will help you
to get your students interested and invested in the future of
their nation. Whether you are seeking to employ new techniques
in the classroom, or are even thinking of implementing school-wide
initiatives, the teacher’s guides, essays, and articles
presented here offer the collected wisdom of some of today’s
leading educators and thinkers—wisdom that will surely help
to motivate you and get you started.
So please turn the page and join this dialogue—this movement—to
revitalize education’s moral compact, to better serve its
greater public purpose. Our nation and our future truly do depend
MICHAEL GENTILE is the
director of academic marketing for Random House, Inc.