Together, Publicly Engaged Scholars and Dilemmas of Educational Ethics suggest the remarkable fruitfulness and continuing challenges of a fledgling democracy movement in K–12 and higher education—a movement in which their editors have been active. Meira Levinson, professor of education at Harvard and coeditor of Dilemmas, wrote the highly regarded No Citizen Left Behind about empowering civic education practices in K–12 schools, while coeditor Jacob Fay developed advising services for New Jersey eight-graders before entering Harvard's program for Early Career Scholars in the New Civics. John Saltmarsh, director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education—a prominent leader in higher education's civic engagement efforts—has mentored many young scholar-practitioners in that field, including Nick Longo, Margaret Post, and Elaine Ward, the three coeditors of Publicly Engaged Scholars.

Their latest efforts are welcome. Today's public discussion of democracy's discontents largely continues the civic renewal movement's pattern of inattention to higher...

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