Civic Education: Information Evaluation, Political Deliberation and Critical Thinking at a Federal Courthouse

Civic Education: Information Evaluation, Political Deliberation and Critical Thinking at a Federal Courthouse

by Nattawan Junboonta, Doctoral Candidate, Rutgers University

This essay originally appeared in the Political Science Educator’s Spring 2019 issue.

In recent years, it seems that the concept of public discourse is viewed as an ancient ritual practiced in the distant past. The ability to meaningfully speak and listen to one another is no longer trending and quick swipe at people who you disagree with are now in vogue. The current Administration does not encourage critical thinking, political deliberation and public discussion. This is demonstrated through President Trump’s obsessive use of Twitter to inform the public of the Administration’s political stand, communicate public policies and key political decisions.

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