Civics: Where Have All the Class Presidents Gone?

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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.

Vol. 26, Issue 27, Page 37

Published in Print: March 14, 2007, as Civics: Where Have All the Class Presidents Gone?
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