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Jennifer Larson

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Civic duty as rite of passage

It's Eriksonian, our children are adrift after high school. There is no rite of passage. There is obesity, sense of entitlement, and lack of cohesion and direction. I think that high school should extend for one year and all students should be required to complete a challenging course on civics and participate in their choice of service duty. Mini military camp, (not to become a killing machine but to learn why it is their duty as an America to defend not offend). Science, Arts and Humanities, local volunteer program, etc... The kids today need to know and understand the tenets of the Constitution, to understand what it means to become a full fledged American and appreciate the quality of life that only a free people can enjoy. In order to do this, to shape their experience and transition successfully into adulthood, they need to have a rite of passage that challenges them, encourages them to be a part of something worthwhile that is greater than themselves. They need to work with their peer to achieve a challenging goal that instills the values the founders laid out in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America. This might change our political landscape from a money hungry bloated big brother, big daddy state to more of a by the people for the people kind of land.

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  • Jul 4 2013: I would like some opinions on what you think the cons are of year round school, mandatory service (not military, but can be), expanded curriculum and individualized instruction based on aptitude as well as need (such as more tutoring for weak subjects).

    Because education in America is an increasingly competitive market, I think it's time to make the best school and sell it. If you build it, they will come. If they come, more will be built, if more are built more will benefit :D

    Jen
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      Jul 4 2013: Jennifer, could I ask what brings you to these issues? Are you a student?

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