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Civic Education in the Age of Trump

By Jonathan Zimmerman via The Atlantic on April 15, 2016 in Civic Blog
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A young Donald Trump supporter reacts to being talked about by the Republican U.S. presidential candidate at a campaign town hall event in Wausau, Wisconsin April 2, 2016.   REUTERS/Ben Brewer      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTSDB57

A young Donald Trump supporter reacts to being talked about by the Republican U.S. presidential candidate at a campaign town hall event in Wausau, Wisconsin April 2, 2016.

 

Little hands. A bad tan. And blood coming from wherever.

If you’re put off by the crude tone of politics in the Age of Trump, you’re not alone. According to a recent poll by Weber Shandwick, Powell Tate, and KRC Research, 70 percent of Americans think that political incivility has reached “crisis” levels.

The poll also found that Americans avoid discussing controversial questions, out of fear they too will be perceived as uncivil. The findings speak to a flaw with civic education, especially in the main institution charged with delivering it: public schools. Put simply, schools in the United States don’t teach the country’s future citizens how to engage respectfully across their political differences. So it shouldn’t be surprising that they can’t, or that that they don’t….

Read the full post at The Atlantic.

 

*Above image via REUTERS/Ben Brewer TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RTSDB57 via The Atlantic

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