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[MUSIC PLAYING] CHRISTINE WHITMAN: If you look at the curriculum in our schools, the teaching of civics has taken a real beating. We don't teach civics in the way we used to. We don't give it as much emphasis as we used to. We kind of take for granted somehow that this is by osmosis. They'll understand how this whole process works or what their responsibilities are in a democracy. And it's very troubling.
We need to do a much better job of providing civics education. We need to start at the earliest grades, and work our way up and in colleges-- I've always been a big believer, it's great to specialize. But boy I think a broader education at the lower-- at the B.A. Level is a really good thing. It's not all bad to have some required courses, where science students are going to learn how to write, so they can communicate their thoughts. I mean it's great to be an expert in math or science, but if you can't communicate your thinking to somebody else it doesn't do a whole lot of good. , So we need a broader base, a Renaissance type of approach. I think it behooves us to do that and civics starts there.