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posted: 4/2/2014 5:01 AM

Civic lessons critical for students

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I believe the idea of civic lessons is crucial to improve politics, especially in Illinois. Not only will civic lessons teach people how the government works, they will make the population better voters as a whole.

There is nothing quite as special as an educated voter. What we "put in" as citizens of this country is what we "get out." it's as simple as that. If we want a commendable government, then the citizens must be aware of how it works to be able to make it better.

There was actually a measure passed by Gov. Pat Quinn called Public Act 98-0301 that charged legislators, educators, and other professionals to be responsible for tasks such as: analyzing the civic education of the state and to make recommendations to the General Assembly to increase civic literacy. This civic lesson concept may take a long period of time to become successful; however, in the end it will definitely be worth it.

There needs to be a change in the political culture in Illinois, if the citizens learn from these lessons, they can change our nation's corrupted politics for the better because they have all the necessary power to do so in this democracy.

Alex Kazmer