August 2019 Bar Bulletin
By Judge Rhonda Laumann
Think back to when you were in high school. How many times did you hear students ask the teacher, “When will we ever use this?”
To be sure, many of us probably never again had to factor a quadratic equation after we finished algebra class, for example. But, when it comes to understanding our government, high school civics lessons are crucial for living in a well-functioning democracy.
While students sometimes view civics as a bit stodgy, “At its best, civic education is personal, timely, and empowering,” writes high school teacher Jessica Lander in an opinion piece in...