Science, civics, and democracy

29 January 2021 Vol 371, Issue 6528


Science, civics, and democracy
Michael J. Feuer is Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and a professor at The George Washington University and is the Immediate Past President of The National Academy of Education, Washington, DC, USA.
Will the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris—a transition made “orderly” with barbed wire, National Guard soldiers, and the closure of downtown Washington, D.C.—be remembered as an inflection point? After 4 years of boorish incivility, incendiary nativist extremism, a crippling pandemic, resurgent racism, and riotous mobs incited to attack the Capitol, can the United States rebuild its civic and moral infrastructure? To repair the damage and prepare the next generation of citizens and leaders requires a new spirit of cooperation between the science and civics education communities.