Teaching American Politics
explores the process of teaching about controversial issues such
as health care policy, education policy, immigration and family
policy in the classroom.
Offering a timely viewpoint on the role of civic
engagement in American democracy, Professor Skocpol’s describes
her current research focusing on the changing patterns of participation
in voluntary associations and the changing types of associations
and civic institutions available in America today.
Professor Waters points out "inconvenient
facts" to students. Inconvenient facts, says Waters, are facts
that are inconvenient for the student's political party's opinion,
often contradicting the student's assumptions about a potent political
Professor Verba describes techniques for teaching
controversial American political issues that promote enlightenment,
rather than indoctrination. During the process of teaching a course
on citizen participation, public opinion, abortion, and affirmative
action, Professor Verba looks at how public opinion is converted
to public policy.