State Is Reinstating Civics – And Not a Moment Too Soon

State Is Reinstating Civics – And Not a Moment Too Soon

In July of this year, Gov. Murphy mandated that civics be taught in middle school, starting in the 2022-23 school year. For those out there who are already asking “what is civics?” it is the study of citizenship and government. It explains how power and responsibility are shared and limited by government and enlightens us as to the rights our government guarantees its citizens. I think it’s safe to say that those most informed about our Constitution right now are people studying to become U.S. citizens, because along with cursive writing, civics class seems to have disappeared from most school curriculums. If you had the good fortune to be born in this land of liberty, there wasn’t much need to retain knowledge about our laws and what the government can or cannot do to us because nobody was going to quiz us. My father enlisted in the Navy in 1944. He was a musician, so his cushy posting took him to Brazil. This is where he met my mother, who at 17 was the secretary to the admiral of the naval base because she was already fluent in English. She came to this country legally but did not become an American citizen until much later in life. I was older by then as well, probably in my 30s, so I helped her study the questions she would be asked when she took her citizenship test. I was stunned by my own stupidity with regard to the laws of our […]

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