Unless Civic Education Improves

Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 12:43 am

david_souter.jpgThe republic, David Souter (retiring Supreme Court Justice) said, “can be lost, it is being lost, it is lost, if it is not understood.” He cited surveys showing large majorities of the public cannot name the three branches of government, something he said would have been unheard of when he was growing up in rural Weare, N.H. What is needed, Souter said, is nothing less than “the restoration of the self-identity of the American people.” Souter, 69, said he is already doing his part, having agreed last week to join a committee that is revamping the civic curriculum for New Hampshire’s public schools. “If I can do it, you can do it too,” Souter told his audience. Here.