Civics education too often is indoctrination

The past four years should convince everyone about the need for civics education in high school (“After the siege, we need civics education,” Jan 9).  But the reality is that too often such courses are designed to indoctrinate young people rather than educate them.

I say that because the emphasis is to stress victimization of groups rather than their achievements.  As a result, students leave civics and history classes with resentment. I don’t deny for a second the sins of our forefathers, but they’re not the totality of the picture.

I seriously doubt that students will get a balanced view no matter how many such classes they take. Their anger makes them ideal candidates for extremist groups of one extreme or the other.

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