The Curriculum of Civic Expertise
Arguably, running a Republican Democracy is more difficult than running a movie studio, a rubber tire company, or a cruise line. We'd sue any company that chose executives to run it that neither knew nor cared what the specific product was, or why it was of value, or how to efficiently run the company so that it didn't self-destruct. Yet we don't give The Constitution and the Bill of Rights the same respect.
Maybe we think, “Well, we've gotten this far, what's the problem?” or perhaps we just think that the endeavor of forming a more perfect union, providing for the common defense, establishing justice, and ensuring the blessings of liberty on ourselves and our posterity is easy. Maybe these things just don't deserve the expertise, or maybe we think our kids are too stupid. Or maybe we just can't afford it.
Or maybe we've become so addicted to partisanship that we can't see that which connects us even a little bit. But let us remember that the Constitution is a ‘pre-partisan’, neutral document; it’s teaching the internal combustion engine, and not the Chevy or the Porsche.
There are things we can do to ensure that we pass to our children the ideas of country that were passed on to us; they start with teaching our young the things we need them to know. It’s that simple.
Civics will be taught in America’s classrooms, starting in the elementary levels up through grade 12. The Dreyfuss Initiative will produce educational tools that will use technology and storytelling, and will feature, among others, Richard Dreyfuss and video elements that can be used in the classroom in a very interactive way. The tools are not only meant to engage students but to inspire teachers across disciplines to embrace and teach Civics within their area of expertise.