Dr. Brasof Pens Column on Civics Education

February 20, 2015

By Dr. Marc Brasof for National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement published February 10, 2015

Source: Student Voice in School Reform: Building a Participatory Institutional Culture

In a guest column in Citizenship Matters, Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Marc Brasof discussed how schools fail to improve despite constant changes, citing a lack of student input in decision making.

“Evidence indicates school change processes improve, as do important student and organizational outcomes, when youth and adults lead together…. Unfortunately, sociocultural conditions and structural arrangements inhibit change efforts in schools. That is, the assumptions individual and groups hold about each other and school problems create defensive, win-lose behaviors that often exacerbate rather than address unproductive policies and practices.” Read the full story.

Dr. Brasof details his ideas on students and civics education in his book, Student Voice and School Governance: Distributing Leadership to Youth and Adults, out in June 2015. He was cited in a Feb. 2 Huffington Post article written by Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso ’12, which reflects on Dr. Brasof’s influence on Ramos-Reynoso’s nonprofit, Schools for Sustainability.

In addition to teaching at Arcadia, Dr. Brasof is the Education Fellow at the National Constitution Center, a board member of Pennsylvania Council for Social Studies and PhilaSoup, and assistant director for Development and Conference Planning for the New Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership Professional Network.

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