And since the mission of Books, Crooks & Counselors and this blog is to help writers and readers understand the legal system a little better, I suggest you take a quick look at this Washington Post article and interview with the Justice, titled Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the importance of civics education. The Post describes a period of “civics lethargy,” and links to a national study demonstrating what I think is pretty obvious: as a whole, citizens just don’t know a lot about how our country works. To help change that, Justice O’Connor founded iCivics in 2009, an online program that provides free lesson plans and games for learning civics, which the Post reports is used in all 50 states and 55,000 classrooms.
I took a look at iCivics, and it’s kinda fun! Please pass the word to teachers and parents.