In lieu of KNPR's State of Nevada, we are airing this documentary produced by Humankind:
America's founders knew their democracy required informed citizens, but is quality journalism now threatened by the decline of print newspapers? With Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Pulitzer-winning historians.
In a perverse way, I'd say the decline in interest/knowledge of "Civics" reflects a logical and rational decline in respect for government. I'd also say improving critical thinking skills in general is much more important than focusing on civics. Why? For example, I think people with strong critical thinking skills but weak civics awareness are more likely to vote for "good" presidents than people who know all about civics but can't think for themselves. John Young –Jul 7, 2010 14:02:21 PM