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WHY RURAL AMERICA IS THRIVING
With Author Elizabeth Currid-Halkett
The story often told is that rural America is in decline, and that rural Americans are resentful of their suburban and urban counterparts. But Elizabeth Currid-Halkett argues in her new book The Overlooked Americans: The Resilience of Our Rural Towns and What It Means For Our Country that rural Americans and rural America are in many ways actually thriving. Currid-Halkett joins Institute director of public policy Liam Julian for an enlightening discussion.
THE IMPORTANCE OF CIVIC EDUCATION
The success of our democracy and society depends on civic education. It equips us with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to become informed citizens actively participating in our democratic process. Civic education helps us understand our rights and responsibilities as citizens, promotes critical thinking, problem-solving, and responsible action.
OUR NEW PODCASTS ARE HERE
It's summer. You're at the beach (lucky). You're not watching videos, and you don't feel like reading. Instead, you close your eyes, pop in the AirPods, lay back on your towel, and listen to new podcasts from the O'Connor Institute and Civics for Life. A few hours later. Look at you: perfectly tanned, completely relaxed, and fully informed on the details of gerrymandering and the federal funds rate.
BACK TO SCHOOL, WITH JUSTICE O'CONNOR
By Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
Dedication of Sandra Day O'Connor High School in Phoenix, Arizona
As the new school year approaches take a few minutes to time travel twenty years back, to the day that Justice O'Connor spoke at the dedication of the high school that bears her name. "Education is a process by which a person begins to learn how to learn," she said then. "You'll be learning all your lives."