June 24, 2021
There is a difference between uninformed, misinformed and disinformed. None are ideal in preserving self-government. Voices from the past and present — including those who created our form of government — have warned that the survival of self-governance depends on educated and engaged citizens.
Today 32% of us cannot identify the supreme court as part of the judicial branch of government. 32 percent! 25% of Americans think that the concept of checks and balances allows for eliminating the supreme court if it makes too many decisions that aren’t in “their favor.”
It’s time we resume teaching nonpoliticized facts and truths about America’s form of government, and how it has kept us freer than any other nation in the world. It’s time to rediscover a more robust civics education.
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A recent news story pointed out that President Joe Biden has begun his administration with a strong record for getting new federal judges confirmed. Since taking office, he has managed to secure the confirmation of eight federal judges, more than any president since Richard Nixon.
With vision, leadership and sufficient efforts on the ground, we can muster the political will to plant “the Utah way” in the hearts and minds of future generations.
So if a destructive CRT ban is at best a partial policy solution – which may ultimately prove ineffective – what are the alternative (or perhaps additional) policy options that leaders should consider?