On Wednesday April 20, 2011, Professor Eric Lane‘s op-ed, “New Yorkers, your civic ignorance is showing: We’re government illiterates, no thanks to schools”, appeared in the NY Daily News.
You hear it often: There’s a crisis in U.S. civic literacy. But what you don’t hear is any persuasive argument for why it matters that Americans seem to know next to nothing about how our government is run.
Let me be blunt: We, the people, are sleepwalking through America’s decline. We are at the point that unless we quickly address our disengagement from and ignorance of the way our government works, through aggressive teaching of the basics in our schools, the nation’s very strength and prosperity will be at stake.