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Democracy against, not within, the University

Our expectations for what university life holds have been radically altered. Seniors have maybe one quarter of in-person interaction before them. First-years rely on Zoom to build formative friendships. Online classes and socials are a bare bones distillation of the robust and self-fashioning experience college is promised to be. Community members — from instructors with children to service workers without hazard pay — have been left to improvise a new normal. The supposed utopia of college life, though never fully realized for most Stanford affiliates, no longer seems conceivable, even as an ideal. 

But as has been said again and again, this moment presents an opportunity to step back and scrutinize the gap between reality and promised ideals — and to perhaps do better. This kind of scrutiny is also needed when it comes to Stanford’s mission and its behavior, its contours in our current reality. And when we do

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Trump Tweeted 8 Years Ago Today ‘The Electoral College Is a Disaster for a Democracy’

President Donald Trump could be on his way out of the White House as counting of ballots continues on Saturday and former Vice President Joe Biden is currently ahead in key states.



Donald Trump et al. standing in front of a store: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the briefing room at the White House on November 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. Votes are still being counted two days after the presidential election as incumbent Trump is in a close race against challenger Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, which remains too close to call. Trump has previously criticized the electoral college.


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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the briefing room at the White House on November 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. Votes are still being counted two days after the presidential election as incumbent Trump is in a close race against challenger Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, which remains too close to call. Trump has previously criticized the electoral college.

Biden needs 270 electoral votes to win and he currently has 264, according to data from the Associated Press. Trump has just 214, though this could rise as the last states are called.

With the electoral college dominating the news, one of the president’s tweets from this day 8 years ago is receiving renewed attention

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Federal judge rules students have no constitutional right to civics education — but warns that ‘American democracy is in peril’

In an extraordinary decision that referenced President Trump’s tweets to postpone the November presidential elections, U.S. District Court Judge William Smith said the public school students who filed the lawsuit were not on a “wild-eyed effort to expand the reach of substantive due process.” Rather, he said, they were issuing “a cry for help from a generation of young people who are destined to inherit a country which we — the generation currently in charge — are not stewarding well.”

“What these young people seem to recognize is that American democracy is in peril,” he wrote (see opinion in full below). “Its survival, and their ability to reap the benefit of living in a country with robust freedoms and rights, a strong economy, and a moral center protected by the rule of law is something that citizens must cherish, protect, and constantly work for. We would do well to pay

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Saving democracy and solving big problems require an upgrade of civic education

This backs up what academic reports have shown for decades. Civic education, when done well, produces young people who are more likely to vote, work on community issues, and become socially responsible, and who feel more comfortable speaking publicly and interacting with elected officials.

The converse is also true. When young people are not taught how our form of constitutional democracy works, they disengage, they do not vote, and they never realize their power as civic participants.

That is why former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor founded my organization, iCivics, which over the past decade has created 20 digital games and hundreds of lesson plans to teach young people about our democracy. We are also among the 138 organizations, academic institutions, foundations, and other groups that have formed a cross-ideological coalition called CivXNow. We are working together, despite our different approaches and leanings, to reimagine civic education for the

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