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Civics: Where Have All the Class Presidents Gone?

March 13, 2007 1 min read

To the Editor:

Jeffery J. Miller raises the right question with his Commentary “Can Political Participation Be Taught?” (Feb. 21, 2007). Unfortunately, however, he omits mention of the most obvious “service-learning” experience available to students: student government.

Where have all our class presidents and student councils gone?

The irony, of course, is that while academic subjects have become hands-on (or, as with the new math circles, “guess-and-check”), our behavior has become increasingly bookish.

Can political participation be taught? Of course. Nothing to it but to do it.

Peter Meyer

Hudson, N.Y.

A version of this article appeared in the March 14, 2007 edition of Education Week as Civics: Where Have All the Class Presidents Gone?