During a panel discussion in April which marked his return to the public eye, former President Barack Obama said that his next job would be helping prepare the next generation of leaders.
Quizzed by a high school student on the panel, Obama agreed that civics needed to be emphasized in schools; maybe that was another item on his to-do list as president that he just couldn’t squeeze in.
Obama panel now discussing whether better civics courses in high school could lead to better civic engagement of younger people— Jessica Taylor (@JessicaTaylor) April 24, 2017
Kenwood student says there needs to be more focus on social studies and civics in high school. President Obama panel at #UChicago— IndivisibleChi_South (@IndivChi_South) April 24, 2017
Could you pass the US citizenship test? I have a feeling many Americans couldn't because we don't prioritize civics. https://t.co/KV0NCMdq1Z— John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) April 24, 2017
For some reason, we suspect Obama’s idea of civics education would skew a little more closely to community organizing than civics, but there’s no question that something needs to be done.
Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett has seen the evidence and is on board with an effort in Texas to make it mandatory for high school students to pass the same citizenship test given to immigrants who wish to become U.S. citizens.