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Friday, March 9, 2012

Charlotte Observer - Opinion - March 9, 2012

Without civics, American Idol judges better known than Supreme Court

From Julian Wright, chair of the GenerationNation board of directors and an attorney with Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A

We live in an increasingly divisive and strident political climate. Students are watching. What are they learning?

Studies and surveys tell us that more Americans - and more youth - know less about government and civic life than ever before. Most cannot even name the three branches of federal government, much less say what each branch does. More Americans can name every judge on American Idol than one member of the United States Supreme Court. Fewer still know about their state and local governments or how citizens and leaders work together to create the policies and decisions that affect us every day.

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