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Civic Education and the Declaration of Independence

July 1, 2016

By Danielle Allen

This spring a small but significant political battle played out in the Louisiana Statehouse.  Lawmakers shelved a Louisiana house bill requiring that fourth through sixth graders in public schools begin their day by reciting two-thirds of the second sentence of the Declaration of Independence. The debate reveals both how poorly equipped we are as a nation to understand even our founding document and what a hard time we’re having reinventing civic education for a new millennium.