Sandra Day O'Connor believes we have a civics crisis in America due to a lack of teaching in the public schools,
"Public schools have pretty much stopped teaching government, civics and American history. ... I truly don't know how long we can survive as a strong nation if our younger citizens don't understand the nature of our government. ... That is something you have to learn. It just isn't handed down in the genetic pool."
Karen Braun says, "How true that is."
Knowing about our history, our political processes, and the relevance of our constitution to our daily lives are basic issues in a quality education. Karen Braun, Sandra Day O’Conner, and all of the rest of the anti-public school alliance can forget blaming all their ills on public education. Conservative Americans still value the role of individual freedom and responsibility. You can’t go on blaming the public school for everything much longer. Your credibility is stretched beyond the limits of believability now. Implying, by association, that the public school educators think that the popular site MySpace can teach a civics lesson is proof that Karen Braun and Sandra Day O'Conner must not know one real, live, breathing teacher. None of us would ever think something so inanane! We'll leave that type of thinking for those who lack the faith in a fair, fully funded educational opportunity for every child.
The USA Today article that set off this latest fiasco!
SpunkyHomeSchool's fantasy of civics in the public school
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