For Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, civics classes in school were where she learned about the U.S. government, democracy and how she could be a part of it all as an adult. Imagine how different history might be if Justice O’Connor hadn’t had those civics classes.
“We are not preparing our young people to participate in our democracy in the same way we did when I was a girl,” Justice O’Connor says in an interview with ASCD. How can we prepare and find future Supreme Court Justices of America if a strong civics education is missing in schools? How can we expect students to be citizenship ready when they graduate from high school if we aren’t adequately teaching them how to participate in a democracy?
Watch the video above to learn more about Justice O’Connor’s views on why a strong civics education is important for today’s students. And if you’re joining us in Chicago for the 68th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, make sure you don’t miss her session on Sunday, March 17 at 8 a.m. where she’ll be sharing her insights on what it was like to be the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court and how her organization, iCivics, is advancing and reinvigorating civic learning.