Justice Sandra Day O'Conner has taken on a project to educate students about civics. Recent polls and surveys indicate that the majority of students in the U.S. cannot name one Supreme Court justice, but can name all 3 of the American Idol judges. They cannot even name the 3 branches of government. This Website was the vision of Justice O'Conner and is intended to inspire a better understanding and appreciation for our democracy. Check it out. If you note the sponsors of the site, you will be assured of its authenticity and quality.
The website http://www.icivics.org/ is most informative. I think it is admirable that Justice Sandra Day O'Conner is promoting this project. Personally, I believe all students should have a comprehensive knowledge of civics. It's sad to think that our forefathers worked so hard to make America great, and many of our young people have limited knowledge of American government. Civics is a required high school course in Virginia. In fact, the Virginia Department of Education honors a special seal for excellence in civics as stated below.
Board of Education's Excellence in Civics Education Seal – Awarded to students who meet each of the following four criteria:
Satisfy the requirement to earn a Standard Diploma or an Advanced Studies Diploma.
Complete Virginia & United States History and Virginia & United States Government courses with a grade of "B" or higher.
Complete 50 hours of voluntary participation in community service or extracurricular activities, such as volunteering for a charitable or religious organization that provides services to the poor, sick or less fortunate; participating in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or similar youth organizations; participating in Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC); participating in political campaigns, government internships, Boys State, Girls State or Model General Assembly; and participating in school-sponsored extracurricular activities that have a civics focus. Any student who enlists in the United States military prior to graduation will be deemed to have met this community service requirement.
Have good attendance and no disciplinary infractions as determined by local school board policies.
I wonder how many other states require students to pass a civics course prior to graduation.