By Andrew Wilkes, Campaign Manager, 50x2026

Patriotism that prioritizes the love of country without telling the truth about that country that we love is not patriotism. It is, instead, a hollow piety that ridicules the dignity and practical force of constitutionally protected free speech. The net result of such unreflective adulation is that teachers, students, and our communities — not to mention our political culture — suffer. …

December 9, 2020

TO: President-Elect Biden’s Transition Team
FROM: 50X2026 Civics Education Team
SUBJECT: Prioritizing Civics Education in a new Administration

A Civics Crisis
Americans, in substantial measure, do not trust our government. Our system has not realized its potential to facilitate an inclusive society for all of us. Our nation is reeling from multiple challenges: COVID-19 and the ensuing public health crisis; an economic crisis hitting all communities, particularly those of color, and a reckoning of structural racism, whose manifestations are particularly apparent in how policing happens in our country. …

For nearly 15 years, I’ve worked with funders, movement leaders, and policymakers who are dedicated to creating positive change on a systemic scale, to continue the Founding Fathers’ vision of a more perfect union. I’ve seen Democrats and Republicans who disagree in many other areas come together and pass major legislation on some pretty challenging issues and have seen real acts of courage from policymakers and public officials on both sides of the aisle. It’s been inspiring, but sadly, that kind of cooperation is becoming rarer and rarer.

It’s easy to point to this particular moment of time and point…


50x2026 is a national initiative to elevate civics education policy, in every state, by 2026 — the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

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