Remember high school? While I try to forget it as much as possible, there are some things that I can’t forget.
Unfortunately, it seems one of the easily forgotten subjects was Civics or Government. I don’t even remember what the class was called though I think maybe I took it in 10th grade?
Anyway, as you might know (and if you follow me on Facebook and Twitter you surely do) the Supreme Court is currently holding (and might have just conferenced today) Hollingsworth v. Perry, formerly Perry v. Brown aka the Prop 8 Case.
So I was writing before the Supreme Court conference concluded and we learned that yes, the Supreme Court will hear Hollingsworth v. Perry likely in March.
On with my rant. In my position with California Faith for Equality it didn’t take long to realize that I know basically nothing about how the justice system really works. So in the spirit of education being better than what I received, I would encourage the curriculum around civics to change. How fantastic could it be if instead of reading out of some dry government textbook (yes I remember a textbook) students used the current research modalities available and followed one case through the court system. It could be a historic case from another period of time like Brown v. Board of Education, any case, really. I can just guarantee you that type of curriculum would have been much more useful to me.
What do you remember from high school civics?