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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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  Posted 24 November 2018 - 01:36 AM

MA Governor Brings Back Civics Education In Public Schools

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Posted at 6:31 pm on November 23, 2018

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Hallelujah! The governor of Massachusetts signed a bill into law that encourages civics education in public schools. Acting just two days after the mid-term elections, he was able to get bi-partisan support, though I would argue that Democrats want civics education for different reasons than Republicans. Letís hope that the push for a re-birth of civics education continues in all of the states.

Among other things, the law requires eighth-graders to complete at least one student-led civics project and it establishes a Civics Project Trust Fund, which schools can use for teacher training, curriculum development and to partner with institutions of higher education on projects related to civics. It also creates a nonpartisan high school voter challenge program to raise awareness for eligible students to register or pre-register to vote.

ďIím proud to see this important civics education bill signed into law,?Massachusetts state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, a Democrat who heads the Joint Committee on Education, said during the signing. ďIn light of recent reports of voter suppression and the perilous state of our countryís civic and political life today, this legislation is especially critical.?/em>

While Democrats blame voter suppression among the reasons they lose elections, itís been clear for years that a large part of the American public is really ignorant about some fairly basic facts about our government and how it works. Weíve all seen those man-in-the-street pop quiz interviews and been amazed that many people canít even name the branches of government or the name of the vice-president.

I have stood on this soapbox for years. I remember being so put-off by the fact that my sonís AP American History teacher used Howard Zinnís A Peopleís History of the United States as a supplemental textbook in high school. The book was written in 1980 by the historian and social activist and went on to be a runner-up for a National Book Award. To me, it is the liberal re-writing of American history full of politically correct grievances and popular with the blame-America-first crowd.

The current epidemic of sore-losers sweeping the South seems to me to be a symptom of a lack of civics education. Voter suppression is the favored trope. Some losing candidates are trying very hard to create doubt in the electoral system and blame local officials for suppressing votes. In the case of the Georgia mid-term election for governor, Democrat Stacey Abrams claimed that cleaning up the voter rolls mandated by state law was denying people the ability to vote. Her non-concession speech was truly a low point in politics. Instead of serving her state in a positive way, she bitterly refused to accept the legitimacy of the Republican winner and now her stateís economy may suffer. Boycotts of Georgia are being called for in Hollywood, for example, which could stifle the booming economic success of the filming industry in that state.

Students can learn from watching election results that every vote matters and lots of elections were decided by slim margins. Most importantly, they can learn about the process. Recounts, ballot integrity, provisional votes, and how all the pieces of an election matter and fit into place have to be taught. In Texas, the only true swing congressional district now has an official winner. Republican incumbent Rep. Will Hurd won a third term to represent CD-23. He ran against Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones, who only now has conceded the election. In this race, 689 provisional votes were the final determining factor.

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 03:26 AM

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I remember being so put-off by the fact that my sonís AP American History teacher used Howard Zinnís A Peopleís History of the United States as a supplemental textbook in high school. The book was written in 1980 by the historian and social activist and went on to be a runner-up for a National Book Award. To me, it is the liberal re-writing of American history full of politically correct grievances and popular with the blame-America-first crowd.

Yup. It all depends on if they educate or indoctrinate. Anyone want to place any bets?
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Posted 24 November 2018 - 04:02 AM

School House Rock for Everyone!
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Posted 24 November 2018 - 07:07 AM

Yay student led nonsense! More global warming crap to come.
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Posted 24 November 2018 - 10:55 AM

View Postgrimreefer, on 24 November 2018 - 03:26 AM, said:

Yup. It all depends on if they educate or indoctrinate. Anyone want to place any bets?

Well, at least the governor's a republican, but that's still a very good point.
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Posted 24 November 2018 - 10:00 PM

12 Angry Men should be seen by every civics class.
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Posted 25 November 2018 - 12:38 AM

Do you suppose it's too late for Alexandria Ocsasionally-Conscious to take the class?
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Posted 25 November 2018 - 02:25 PM

View PostUSNRETWIFE, on 25 November 2018 - 12:38 AM, said:

Do you suppose it's too late for Alexandria Ocsasionally-Conscious to take the class?

If 4 years at Boston University and degrees in economics and international relations didn't shape her up, I'm afraid that a class isn't going to do much. :shrug:
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Posted 25 November 2018 - 04:29 PM

View PostUSNRETWIFE, on 25 November 2018 - 12:38 AM, said:

Do you suppose it's too late for Alexandria Ocsasionally-Conscious to take the class?



Schoolhouse Rock would be over her head.
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Posted 25 November 2018 - 04:29 PM

View PostHieronymous, on 24 November 2018 - 10:00 PM, said:

12 Angry Men should be seen by every civics class.


GREAT movie!

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 05:45 PM

View PostLiz, on 24 November 2018 - 10:55 AM, said:

Well, at least the governor's a republican, but that's still a very good point.


Living in Massachusetts it is difficult to remember that Charlie Baker is actually a Republican. He bows down to the very liberal House and Senate, and keeps appointing very liberal judges. Newspaper columnist and radio host, Howie Carr, has said he should just make it official and change his party affiliation to Democrat.

I would not be surprised if he runs in 2020 as a GOPe candidate for President.
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Posted 25 November 2018 - 06:32 PM

Bring back "Civics"... IF it can be taught by my favorite teacher from the '70s... "Mr. Dungan".

I've told this story before, he's the one who (literally) "threw the book at me" in 9th (or was it 10th?) grade. "Civics" is one of those classes that was mandatory, but 99% could't care less if they tried. Most days it was Him and I; He never said so in so many word but I suspect he was a Truman democrat; I was a "Young Republican" (I still like Ike" on the verge of being a John Bircher. Lets just say, the dialogue got "lively". At one point, while the rest of the class was probably asleep, it gets a bit 'heated', he slams his textbook shut, hurls it at me, "Would YOU like to come up and teach this class?" "No, sir" and fortunately I lean aside and the book hits the seat back behind me. No harm, no foul (though it did probably wake up the girl in the desk behind me.)

I credit Mr. Dungan with my interest in education. I later HAVE become a CC and Corporate instructor; I particularly liked his "Socratic" method.
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Posted 25 November 2018 - 07:45 PM

View PostJoe the Pagan, on 25 November 2018 - 05:45 PM, said:

Living in Massachusetts it is difficult to remember that Charlie Baker is actually a Republican. He bows down to the very liberal House and Senate, and keeps appointing very liberal judges. Newspaper columnist and radio host, Howie Carr, has said he should just make it official and change his party affiliation to Democrat.

I would not be surprised if he runs in 2020 as a GOPe candidate for President.

I'm not surprised to hear that, hence the importance of the following, although I'm pretty sure we already have our answer.

View Postgrimreefer, on 24 November 2018 - 03:26 AM, said:

Yup. It all depends on if they educate or indoctrinate. Anyone want to place any bets?

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