Civics and Civility

Civility is a norm, not a law, so workplaces can lose their sense of appropriate behavior if leaders don’t set the right example, writes Jennifer V. Miller. “Research shows that when a group of people witness a positive act of kindness, everyone’s mood is improved, thereby making them more likely to pass along another act of kindness,” she writes.

(I no longer have the citation but I like the thought.)


This topic has been very interesting to me since I was asked by DESE to speak about it at the Edward M. Kennedy Center for the Senate several years ago. I am sure I have added snippets to other pages but today decided to inaugurate a page for C & C specifically. I was inspired by an email today (8/16/18): How To Make A Civics Education Stick.

At the conference referred to below, I saw a couple of civics programs.When I spoke to the people at one table, the “owner” said he not only remembered me but he was the one who invited me to speak at the Edward M. Kennedy Center for the Senate when he was at DESE.


At the MassCUE/MASS conference at Gillette on October 19, 2018, I moderated a panel which I had suggested!!! Dr. Steve Vinter, of Google in the Boston area, spoke about the movement to Computer Science and Computational Thinking in MA under his direction and with many collaborators. (I was on the original group he convened that led four years later to MassCAN.)  The panel was entitled “Computer Science: An Example of Leadership.” The panelists were Beth Knittle, Ellen Driscoll, Tracy Sockalosky and Dan Downs, all members of the Board of MassCUE and on the I & A Committee.

The event was enjoyable and my sense from watching the audience (we involved them through questions) is that the experience was appreciated. Thanks to Steve and the panelists.