Alumni Spotlight Profile

David Feith '05
As our country enters another high-stakes election year, young citizens across America know little about the democratic process, the Bill of Rights, or the civil rights movement.  In his recently published book, Teaching America: The Case for Civic Education, David Feith '05argues that such civic illiteracy threatens the basic culture and politics of the American system.


Formerly an editor at Foreign Affairs magazine, David is currently the assistant editorial features editor for The Wall Street Journal, where he combines his writing skills and interest in political and cultural debate on a daily basis. With his passion for civic education instilled in him by his family, David began working on his book during his junior year at Columbia University. Teaching America includes original contributions by over 20 authors, including Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Senator Jon Kyl, Senator Bob Graham, Secretary Rod Paige and Professor Alan Dershowitz. The book encourages the relationship between education and citizenship and underscores the importance of learning and appreciating the freedoms this country has to offer.


David's interest in history, government and politics took root at CESJDS in the classrooms of Dr. Carleton Cunningham, Mrs. Natalie Levitan and Dr. David Solomon, and his first exposure to journalism was with The Lion's Tale. He credits CESJDS with offering "education with values" and cultivating graduates that are "informed and empowered citizens." He is grateful to the faculty, fellow alumni and community members - including David Bruce Smith, grandson of Charles E. Smith and parent of Alexandra '11 and Max '13 - who have supported his work, shared advice and attended book events.


With the publication of Teaching America, David launched the Civic Education Initiative, which aims to become a national engine for civic education innovation. The Initiative is based at Democracy Prep Public Schools, a high-performing New York City charter school network-where a fellow CESJDS graduate, Amy Blumberg '05, is a special assistant in the office of the superintendent.


For more information about Teaching America and the Civic Education Initiative, please visit

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