Read Full Story Danielle Allen, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, has long studied what citizens need in order to succeed in democracy and how our social studies and civics education have impacted democracy.In a recent episode of the Harvard EdCast, Allen discussed how the nation got where it is today and what it will take to reinvest in education for democracy.“We have really disinvested in civic education and social studies. You can see that now in the comparison that we currently spend $54 per year per kid of federal dollars on STEM education and only five cents per year per kid on civics,” Allen said. “We have really ceased to lay the foundation in K–12 for young people to understand democracy, be motivated to participate in it, to have the skills and tools they need to participate effectively, and as a result, enjoy participation.”In the episode, Allen discussed how to find ways to tell “an integrated version of U.S. history that is simultaneously honest about the crimes and wrongs of the past, but without falling into cynicism.”To raise engaged citizens, she also suggested bringing democratic practices of reason-giving into the life of a family. “There are lots of lessons inside a family that can feed in to help the understanding of democratic practice,” Allen said.
CLEAR LAKE — Clear Lake’s Jaylen DeVries signed his national letter of intent to play football at Southern Illinois earlier this morning. DeVries is the Lions’ all-time passing leader, throwing for 6319 years and 68 touchdowns in four years of play. DeVries says he enjoyed his time while visiting the Southern Illinois campus.DeVries was recruited by a number of schools and says at first it was a tough decision to choose Southern Illinois.The Salukis will likely have a senior starter at quarterback next season, but DeVries has been told to go into next fall’s practice with a competitive mentality.The Salukis this season were 7-5 overall and 5-3 in an always competitive Missouri Valley Football Conference. That’s an improvement from a 2-9 record in 2018. DeVries feels the program is heading in the right direction.DeVries this past season threw for 2358 yards and 29 touchdowns. He also ran for 519 yards and eight touchdowns.