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The “New Civics”: John Dewey Shall Rise Again

BY AARON BARLOW When I was young, Civics was a part of the web of education up to the college level. Everyone, after all, was expected to finish high school—and everyone was expected to have at least a rudimentary understanding of the structures of the political system of the United States and the responsibilities of…

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Survey on Military Learners

BY SUZANE BRICKER This is a guest post by Suzane Bricker,  Associate Adjunct Online Professor for the Academic Writing Department at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and an editor, writer, and poet. She has also taught at the University of Southern California (USC) and California State University, Fullerton. You can reach her by…

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Undevelopment

BY CAPRICE LAWLESS This weekend the Modern Language Association (MLA) is holding its annual conference in Philadelphia. If ever there were a time and place more apropos for teachers of rhetoric to gather, and for rhetoric’s “teachable moment,” it is post-election 2016, in the city where the Declaration of Independence was signed. What is remarkable…

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There Be Dragons

BY JONATHAN REES I’ve been reading a lot of books about the history of maps and mapmaking lately. Apparently, one of the great myths of cartography is that medieval maps would label sections of unexplored territory “There be dragons” in order to discourage people from going to those places. Of course, even had this actually…