Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and fellow Justice Neil Gorsuch talk about their work promoting civic education.
Civics is the study of how to be a good citizen. In fact, that was the original mission of public schools: creating good citizens. Part of that was learning how the government works.
Sotomayor said, “It’s been well documented that the partisan discord in our country followed very closely on the heels of schools stopping to teach civic education. One must remember why. It wasn’t for an unimportant reason; there was a change of emphasis in the educational system in the country where they wanted to pay more attention to STEM.”
“Only about 25% of Americans can name the three branches of government,” said Gorsuch. “A third of them can’t name any branch of government. And 10% believe that Judge Judy is one of our colleagues. With no disrespect to Judge Judy, she is not a member of the Supreme Court!”