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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: Again, the reply button is not working, but thanks for the question Fritzie.

    In answer to your question: Jennifer, could I ask what brings you to these issues? Are you a student? It's just something that I have thought about, along with other social issues which contribute to smear our species. I think being a human is an amazing thing, a gift. I think we are awesome and we have the ability to construct or destroy. I chose to think in terms of how to contribute in a meaningful way to our society, to think in terms of improvement for our species while protecting all of the diverse forms that share our planet, as well as the Earth itself. Being the most intelligent of the species infers a special burden to do so in my opinion.

    Yes to your question, I am a student but a returning student, so I have considered myself an informal student for over 40 years with a strong thirst to obtain knowledge. I am a frequenter of the library from the way back. I worked in a university library for 10 years, going to school was a way to get to research articles which I got addicted to. Standing on the shoulders of giants, full text please :)

    Have an excellent day!


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