I am sympathetic to this idea, but if colleges want to train students for democratic life they are going to need to invest heavily in the humanities. This will mean bucking the STEM trend that Obama has been pushing and throwing money and resources into strengthening humanities-based learning.
Here is a taste of McCulloch-Lovell's post:
We should survey our alumni at least every five years to ask questions like:
- Do you vote; how often?
- Do you volunteer with a community organization?
- Have you run for office?
- Have you written to someone in elected office or published a letter to the editor?
- Do you give to your favorite causes?
- Do you attend civic meetings or organize to make change?
- Do you participate in your children’s schools?
- Do you attend cultural or other events that strengthen your community’s life?
- Do you work for a nonprofit or an organization focused on education, the arts or social justice?
- After college, did you join the Peace Corps or Teach for America?