Remember civics? Usually taken in ninth or tenth grade – it was a class that taught the basics of our governmental system. Of course, that was in the day when parents and school committees set the curriculum and students did not get to pick and choose other than shop/homec or chorus/band.
Civics classes went along with history classes. American History, world history, civics. Of course, children were also taught from kindergarten on that America was a great country and learned about the people who made it all possible. From Myles Standish to George Washington, Betsy Ross and Abigail Adams. Grade by grade we learned more and more of our history and the people who formed our great nation.
Today? It seems that civics is gone and American History has been re-written by those who would portray our country in less than favorable terms. Our children no longer learn what a privilege is it to be an American! Oh to be sure there are things our country needs to work on- Equal Rights for one- but show me any other country that has done so much for so many! Are people fleeing America to go and become citizens of Cuba? Russia? China? Iran? France?
Bring back Civics classes. Where our children learn what their duty is in the governing of our great nation! Teach them once again how to gather the information necessary to cast an informed vote. Teach them that voting is a right, a responsibility and their duty as citizens of the greatest country on Earth. Teach them that if they do not exercise their freedom to vote they are in grave danger of losing all their freedoms!
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” — Abraham Lincoln
Try this quiz and see how you score!
Out of 2,508 surveyed, 1,791 failed! Now what does that say about the education of future voters in this country? All persons applying for citizenship must take and pass with 80% a citizenship test! Yet we do not require natural-born citizens to learn the same????