Eagle Tribune says "Now's the time to invest in civics education"

In an era dominated by standardized testing, preparing teenagers for citizenship in Massachusetts middle and high schools has taken a back seat to core subjects such as English, math and science. Lawmakers and education advocates worry that without such instruction, today's students will have little connection with the civic life of their communities, either locally or across the country, when they become adults. A bill introduced last week would require that schools offer courses teaching students about local, state and the federal government, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, state and local elections and the "roles and responsibilities of a citizen in a democracy." Students would also have to complete a civics project to pass the class.