Teaching Thursday


Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse…

Just ask middle and high school students about their society’s basic institutions, courts, trial by jury, the law of wrongful injuries (tort law), or about their civil rights and liberties — and the duties that accompany these rights — and you’re likely to draw blank gazes. In 2006, a poll revealed that more high school students knew the names of the Three Stooges than the names of the three branches of government. Just last year after my address to the student assembly of a preparatory school, a small gathering of students who wanted to talk could not name their state’s governor, senators or representatives to Congress — notwithstanding the ballyhooed information source that is misnamed the “smartphone” in their hands.

The imbalance between the vocational emphasis in education and the civic experience is vast. Civics, as a topic, is not a standalone subject in most schools anymore. And where it is, the textbooks are so dry, dreary and self-censoring of controversial subjects that reading them is like reading a microwave oven manual.



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12 Responses to Teaching Thursday

  1. Den says:

    And we wonder how an obvious idiot can get elected President.


  2. Micki says:

    This doesn’t look encouraging for those relying on the health insurance Exchanges in 2018:


    I’m not sure if a pdf *link* works on this blog, but I’ll give it a try…

    2018 Health Insurance Exchanges Issuer County Map

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services today posted an update to the Health Insurance Exchanges Issuer County Map. This map is of projected issuer participation on the Health Insurance Exchanges in 2018 based on the known issuer public announcements through August 9, 2017. Participation is expected to fluctuate and does not represent actual Exchange application submissions.

    This map currently shows that nationwide 17 counties are projected to have no issuers, meaning that Americans in these counties could be without coverage on the Exchanges in 2018. It’s also projected that 1,409 counties – over 40 percent of counties nationwide – could have only one issuer in 2018. This could represent more than 2.5 million Exchange participants that will only have one choice and may not be able to receive the coverage they need. Currently for 2018, at least 9,595 Americans currently enrolled for health coverage on the Exchanges live in the counties projected to be without coverage in 2018.


  3. Micki says:

    Sleep well…

    “….If Trump moves thousands of troops from Guam to South Korea, you can worry. That would send a clear and destabilizing signal of American intentions against North Korea. But one over-the-top quote is not worth losing sleep over….”


  4. Den says:

    Rich boy is in his element, Bully Mode, doing what he does best, bully people,
    now a Dictator.

    So he out bullies Kim jung and he caves, the Right will claim rich boy as a hero and the Russia investigation will go to the back burner.


  5. Den says:

    I found cheaper post-its at Target #081060356, Post-it Pape, $2.89 for a 3/4″ inch stack


  6. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Bought a mailbox today. It looks too long, so I went down the road and measured other people’s boxes. All were 19″. The box says mine is 20″. Hmm.

    I noticed when I got home that all that is left is the post. The part that sticks out, that a mailbox rests on and the brace underneath, gone, too. NOW what?

    Forgot yesterday to comment on Micki’s flowers. She has gorgeous landscaping, and she did it all herself. I thought it was professionally done when I first saw some pictures, it’s that pretty.

    Heading outside. Beer-30 because I can relax regarding Bob, and we have our walkie-talkies if he needs me.


  7. Den says:

    When it’s really not your day:


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