Friednash: A bipartisan push for civics in Colorado schools could save the republic

Friednash: A bipartisan push for civics in Colorado schools could save the republic

Jan 28, 2021

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Author, The Denver Post, January 28, 2021

On the last day of 2019, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, “we have come to take democracy for granted, and civic education has fallen by the wayside”. In a prescient warning, Roberts wrote that the constitution “leaves no place for mob violence”.

Following the post-election assault on our democratic institutions and the siege on the U.S. Capitol by a violent mob, we can no longer set aside the need for vigorous civics education.

Our founders understood, as Thomas Jefferson famously said, “an educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people”.

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