You’ve possibly heard the old question “What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy?” And the proverbial response “I don’t know and I don’t care”.
There is widespread evidence of limited civic knowledge of government by the American public and low confidence in its leadership. There is also evidence of a growing indifference in engagement among the citizenry.
Tom Nichols in his book OUR OWN WORST ENEMY documents how a lack of civic virtue and expectations that the government can take care of citizens’ needs is a threat to our system of government. The state is strengthened while citizen engagement declines.
What do you think? What should be the role of civic education to reverse this trend?