One of my central mantras. Many in the K-12 system and undergraduate programs think they are addressing civics adequately–THEY ARE NOT. Too often the system is geared towards meeting the short-term political needs of state capitols or employing teachers that are more interested in espousing their own political beliefs rather than providing the learning environment that fosters interest in democratic systems. Silos of arrogance among politicians and educators does not encourage a notion of country over self. Civic responsibility has to be central in everyone’s education, otherwise, as we are seeing today, narcissistic self-interest may be the undoing of our society. Our very way of life requires balance, it requires inclusion. Valuing our common civic responsibility is just as important as employability. Placing value on civics has to start at home. Otherwise, it will not be a priority of our institutions.
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