This is Dewey updated… This is a strong book. The ideas that activate it are effectively presented, the detail of real school life…vividly brought to life. (Nathan Glazer Education Next 2013-02-15)
Read No Citizen Left Behind by Meira Levinson—a forthright defense of schools as institutions for teaching about democracy and justice. (Deborah Meier Education Week blog 2012-04-19)
Levinson advocates restoring civic education, which gives young people insights into the workings of the American political system, to the educational curriculum on a national scale. She believes that ensuring all students receive the same civic education would strengthen our country and cause more citizens to take an active role in its government… Civic education is an area of education reform that experts have overlooked, but it could have a major impact on our country if achieved. The experiences and research Levinson shares have the potential to produce a national ‘aha’ moment. (Terry Christner Library Journal 2012-05-01)
Brilliant. No Citizen Left Behind is must-reading for anyone concerned with the reform of civic education in America. An inspiration for both scholars and practitioners. (Robert D. Putnam, author of Bowling Alone and co-author of American Grace)
A must-read for anyone who cares to see young people from all backgrounds grow into self-confident and efficacious citizens. (Danielle S. Allen, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
A landmark book that should influence teachers of all subjects in American schools while providing an important model for scholars. (Peter Levine, Tufts University)
A very sophisticated and lively argument, backed by wonderful tales from school, for what it might mean if we really educated for democracy. An important contribution to a field dominated by clichés. (Deborah Meier, co-author of Playing for Keeps)
Meira Levinson is Associate Professor of Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education, following eight years as a teacher in the Atlanta and Boston Public Schools.