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  •  One major change I watched was education. (1+ / 0-)
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    I my fifth grade included an excellent civics book and that was right up there with math for the year. We had a civics workbook (still have mine somewhere) in which we had to do things such as draw the route a bill took to being law. Of course we were less than a decade beyond VE and VJ days so there was a lot of civics in the air.

    I had two more significant units before high school graduation and that required one year, one full year, of civics and government for graduation. I lived in a state in which voting was at eighteen and we essentially went as a class to the courthouse to register during that course.

    College required units in American History and Government for graduation. In getting those every student had a basic exposure to more civics and learned how things worked.

    All that apparently vanished between the sixties and now in most school systems. As a result we have even many of the political activists here on this site demonstrating a very vague view on how things are supposed to work.

    You cannot maintain or repair the thing if you have only a poor understanding of how it is supposed to work!

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 09:57:56 AM PDT

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