Honors College Dir + Assoc Prof of History @Rutgers_Newark. Contrib Ed @TPM. Author of Building the Empire State: Pol Econ in Early America. Baker of pies.

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Brian Murphy is a TPM contributing editor and Baruch College history professor who writes about the intersection of money and politics. He is the author ofBuilding the Empire State: Political Economy in Early America. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com and you can follow him on Twit...

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Nov 21, 2017

@JillDLawrence I also think the much bigger problem we have isn't when I ask who's read some of the constitution (every hand goes up). It's when I ask who reads a newspaper or solid reporting journalism and nobody in a room of 110 students moves a muscle.

Nov 21, 2017

@JillDLawrence Like, I could be totally wrong. But I think it gets covered (and we can always use more). I also don't think locating colleges and high schools as source of shortfalls in civic accountability is really a way to account for our current predicament.

Nov 21, 2017

@JillDLawrence FWIW I just doubt that it's not already in h.s. content. (And I'm totally one of those people who makes the Declaration & Const. a big part of US history survey and would be primed to believe there's a big gap in h.s. But between CC and state standards I can't imagine a gap)

Nov 21, 2017

@JillDLawrence And if it's not given enough weight in Common Core that's a devastating data point

Nov 21, 2017

People of the Earth: American colleges teach the Federalist papers and Constitution in history and political science courses. All the time. You don't need a national curriculum. You just need to stop crapping all over the people doing the teaching. https://t.co/GYlPFt0Onk

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