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Is Civics 101 failing?

I currently have a daughter that has come of voting age and a son not far behind her. At work I employ a girl from the local high school in the afternoons. I enjoy quizzing these youngsters and their friends on their knowledge of how the government is assembled, how it works, how it's supposed to work, etc. and I'm astounded at how much these young voters do not know about their government or their constitution. Are we failing ourselves and our system by not making sure these young voters are better prepared for the task?

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(NT) (NT) Yes

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As them the names of the courses they have taken

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Are they called:

Math
Science (Genereal, Biology, Chemisty, Physics0
History
American Government
Civics (sometimes Problems of Democracy)
English

You might find the names of the courses are quite long and lacking of recognizable description. They have also been graded quite differently. Mine are in college or just out and I found this to be true in their HS studies. My impression is that fundamentals were not dwelled on so much as theory and practice. In many respects, I believe they were treated by teachers more as peers than as subordinates. I am not surprized by your statement. I am willing to bet they can expound on the fallicies of our system, however.

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When I grew up,

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These were required subjects.

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Same here

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They don't seem to cover them as in depth as they did when I went to school. It seems to me that we'd all be better off if all of these new voters knew more about what they were voting for when they come of age. With all of the MTV type ads to get out the vote during the last election cycle I got the impression that some of the people running were hoping to take advantage of a bunch of unknowledgeable voters voting their way.

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Yep. And another thing

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When I was in high school, they had a policy of not talking about religion or politics. That is, they wouldnt let you know what they believed either way, nor would they try to convince us one way or the other what we should be, politically. That was their policy. Unfortunately, many universities make it a point to churn out as many democrats as they possibly can by giving a one-sided view of the world.

I didnt run into that much in the relatively small college I attended, but as a young guy I was already a democrat. Happy

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you ask kids today

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who is the VP= huh
etc.
they are so uninformed

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But I am willing to bet that if you ask them

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who **** Cheney is they will mention Halliburton.:)

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(NT) (NT) Yep

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