Sandra Day O'Connor Laments "American Ignorance"

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    Sandra Day O'Connor Laments "American Ignorance"

    Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, in Boise, laments 'alarming degree of public ignorance' | McClatchy

    I was never much of an O'Connor fan but she makes some interesting observations in her recent speech. At no time in our history has there been such a departure from the teaching of civics and "being a citizen" in our schools. Not only is it not taught anymore, it is often cited by today's "teachers" as the cause of our current ills.

    We have a lot of work to do if we're going to save this land.

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    Two-thirds of Americans cannot name a single Supreme Court justice, former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor told the crowd that packed into a Boise State ballroom to hear her Thursday.
    About one-third can name the three branches of government. Fewer than one-fifth of high school seniors can explain how citizen participation benefits democracy.

    "Less than one-third of eighth-graders can identify the historical purpose of the Declaration of Independence, and it's right there in the name," she said.
    But they can name the last six winners of “American Idol” and “Dancing with the Stars”.
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    It's a general issue, honestly, right? I can either find important things interesting, or unimportant things interesting. One is better than the other. I can also only attend news sources that confirm my biases, or I can try to form an opinion based on a 'best efforts' attempt to get a balanced set of information. Commonly, in my experience, if a person thinks an important issue has 'a simple fix', it means that they've only scratched the surface of the issue.
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    "Everyone is going to grow up to be a citizen," she said. "Democracy is not a spectator sport."

    To me, this is one reason why good parenting is so very important.


    "That ignorance starts in the earliest years of a child's schooling, she said, but often continues all the way through college and graduate school."


    My oldest daughter has a Current Events course in High School this year. A few of the topics were around 2A and firearms issues ("Is the 2A still relevant?", "Is Stand your ground good or bad?", "Why do you believe there is so much urban teen violence?"). The teacher seems to be liberal leaning but open minded (private school that is somewhat conservative). We discuss a lot of these issues at home, so my daughter was able to make compelling arguments supported by facts. She's received an "A" on each of those reports, and the teacher commented to her that we must talk about current issues at home, and he liked that.


    "Less than one-third of eighth-graders can identify the historical purpose of the Declaration of Independence, and it's right there in the name," she said.

    That is just scary...

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    Who is Sandra Day O'Conner?
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    I've always said that the most dangerous thing facing America today is willful ignorance of one's civic duty.

    It's disgusting that people will vote for a candidate because he's handsome or because of his skin color.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PEF View Post
    Who is Sandra Day O'Conner?
    She was a singer in the 50's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PEF View Post
    Who is Sandra Day O'Conner?
    Darn it! I was going to use that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanlouise View Post
    She was a singer in the 50's.
    Was she related to this 'Day:

    Anita O'Day - Honeysuckle Rose - YouTube

    The lady had some pipes....
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    She hit the nail on the head. A lot of the younger people I know didn't have a civics class in school. IMO, that's really a shame. History and civics were my two favorite classes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PEF View Post
    Was she related to this 'Day:

    Anita O'Day - Honeysuckle Rose - YouTube

    The lady had some pipes....

    No, the hair was the same but the "O" and apostrophe is all wrong.
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    Did she ever make up with the Pope? (Joke!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanlouise View Post
    She was a singer in the 50's.
    Nah! That was Doris Day O'Conner!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanlouise View Post
    She was a singer in the 50's.
    The bald one? No one compared to her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanlouise View Post
    She was a singer in the 50's.
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    The bald one? No one compared to her.
    No, that was Sinead Day O'Conner - and she's only in her '40's.
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