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Sandra Day O'Connor
Citizenship 101: Too many Americans are ignorant of the basics of democracy
Citizenship 101: Too many Americans are ignorant of the basics of democracy

In 1954, when the Supreme Court ruled that segregated public schools were unconstitutional, Chief Justice Earl Warren emphasized the importance of public education as a crucible for good citizenship. “Today,” Warren wrote, “education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments. Compulsory school attendance laws and the great expenditures for education both demonstrate our recognition of the importance of education to our democratic society. It is required in the performance of our most basic public responsibilities, even service in the armed forces. It is the very foundation of good citizenship.” But a growing number of critics charge...

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