Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Students Need to Learn Civic Engagement and Activism

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Students Need to Learn Civic Engagement and Activism

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I read with interest John Fund's Jan. 16 op-ed "An Informed Patriotism." I agree with Mr. Fund about the perilous lack of civic education in our country. Actually, as a high school junior last year, I did a year-long project that dealt with this very issue, using much of the same data that Mr. Fund utilizes in his piece.

Mr. Fund's assertion that there is a concerning lack of official civic education taught in schools is indeed true. I would also add another negative effect of this deficit: Without a firm grasp of how U.S. government works, students, in high school and beyond, cannot fully participate in our democratic system. Mr. Fund makes a strong case for reinstating formal civic education, and with this, I wholeheartedly agree.

However, there is one aspect of his article with which I have some issues. …

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