RICHARD DREYFUS SPEAKS ON THE VALUE OF CIVICS, OUR CONSTITUTION, FREEDOM OF SPEECH, AMERICA: NOT TAUGHT IN SCHOOL

Posted on May 1, 2017

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Richard Dreyfus, on Tucker, spoke about freedom of speech and education: “I think any intrusion into freedom of speech is an intrusion into freedom of speech. And when one of the presidents of one of the colleges said, ‘this is a school, not a battlefield,’ I said no, it a battlefield of ideas and we must have dissonant, dissenting opinions on campuses, and I think it’s political correctness taken to a nightmarish point of view.”

“Civics has not been taught in the American public school system since 1970. … And that is a critical flaw because it’s why we were admired and respected for so long, it gives us our national identity, it tells the world who we are and why we are who we are, and without a frame that gives us values that stand behind the bill of rights, we’re just floating in the air and our sectors of society are not connected.
…we do share the notion that education accomplishes certain things. One, it turns students into citizens. And two, it teaches students how to run the country before it’s their turn to run the country. And three, it teaches the values of this nation. And we must learn our values and if we don’t, we are fatally fatally wounding ourselves.”

I was very impressed, surprised by the Dreyfus remarks.

The key here is why education dropped civics. Liberals have been adamant in their fight to prevent students from attending charter schools or being home schooled where they would have the opportunity to learn it.

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