Thursday, July 03, 2008

David Broder: Civics Lessons

I just love conservative think tanks. One sane argument, such as teaching civics get lost in their vitriol of having one language ballots and demanding ROTC be housed on all college campuses.

I belief strongly by time students leave the eighth grade, they should have a working understanding of our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The knowledge and understanding of both is critical for all areas of our lives as citizens.

While we are teaching civics we should not forgot ALL aspects of our history. We have a tendency to sanitize our past at convenient times. The Founding Fathers were men, not Gods, struggling with all of their imperfections.

By educating our citizenship early about our history, they will learn what extraordinary deeds can be done by flawed humans.

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