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Childhood Independence and Play: The Foundations of Democracy
Democracy relies on us having a sense of agency -- the belief that we can independently and effectively control our own lives, determine our opinions, make our decisions – to participate and contribute to society. The drastic changes to childhood in the last decades are preventing our children from developing this crucial skillset and putting America at risk. Join our discussion with Rachel Davison Humphries, Outreach Director for the Bill of Rights Institute. We'll explore why experiences of freedom and play are critical for the civic virtues of common purpose and common good, and how we can stop the trending issues of youth anxiety and apathy.
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Rachel Davison Humphries
Director of Outreach @Bill of Rights Institute
Rachel Davison Humphries is the Director of Outreach at the Bill of Rights Institute. She leads the team that leads outreach initiatives, designs new programs and products, and supports the relationships BRI has with it’s network of 50,000 teachers. Prior to joining BRI in 2016, Rachel worked for almost a decade as an educator, mentor and trainer in middle, high school, and university environments, and continues to consult on a variety of educational projects. Rachel earned her B.A. in Liberal Arts from the Great Books program at St. Johns College, in Annapolis, Maryland, a teaching certificate in Adolescent Education from the Association Montessori Internationale, and M.A. in Learning, Design, & Technology at Georgetown University