Make civics classes a school priority

You’d expect that in the world’s leading beacon of democracy, an understanding of its government would be a given. But as the attempted hijacking of our political process by the manipulation of social media has demonstrated, uninformed citizens are vulnerable to persuasion based on half- truths and outright lies.

Some enlightened groups in this state, including the Pioneer Institute, a conservative Boston think tank, have advocated elevating history-civics classes in public schools to MCAS-level status. But as history teaches us, sometimes it takes the hard work of committed individuals to transform a cause into reality.

Now 23, Carline Kirksey could be one such person if the state Legislature follows through on legislation she’s been passionate about since high school. It’s titled “An Act to Promote and Enhance Civics Engagement,” and is headed for for debate in the Senate.