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Civic education programs prepare students for public life

May 26, 2010
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To the editor:

It was all in day’s work for the 21 percent that voted in the May 4 primary. Save the 40 percent turnout for the 2008 primary, the one-in-five ratio is the decade trend for those who vote in Indiana primaries. But changes to this trend can be made by encouraging civic education in the classroom.

The Indiana Bar Foundation’s civics programs support the education of elementary, middle, and high school students in Indiana through rigorous civics curricula called “We the People” and “Project Citizen.” “We the People” educates students about the Constitution and American life, and “Project Citizen” enables students to identify a public problem and solve it through a policy-focused approach.

These programs have impact. In a 2008 American National Election Studies survey, students from these programs demonstrated greater retention of civic and political knowledge than their peers, and engaged in greater participation in government affairs.

Lawyers around the state are currently working to strengthen civic education by participating in the Bar Foundation’s “An Hour For Civics” campaign from May 1 through June 30 (www.anhourforcivics.org). So, support civics programs in Indiana and heed the call by retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter to “make civic education real again.”

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Bob Beasley, president
Indiana Bar Foundation, Albany, Indiana
 

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  5. I whole-heartedly agree with Doug Church's comment, above. Indiana lawyers were especially fortunate to benefit from Tom Pyrz' leadership and foresight at a time when there has been unprecedented change in the legal profession. Consider how dramatically computer technology and its role in the practice of law have changed over the last 25 years. The impact of the great recession of 2008 dramatically changed the composition and structure of law firms across the country. Economic pressures altered what had long been a routine, robust annual recruitment process for law students and recent law school graduates. That has, in turn, impacted law school enrollment across the country, placing upward pressure on law school tuition. The internet continues to drive significant changes in the provision of legal services in both public and private sectors. The ISBA has worked to make quality legal representation accessible and affordable for all who need it and to raise general public understanding of Indiana laws and procedures. How difficult it would have been to tackle each of these issues without Tom's leadership. Tom has set the tone for positive change at the ISBA to meet the evolving practice needs of lawyers of all backgrounds and ages. He has led the organization with vision, patience, flexibility, commitment, thoughtfulness & even humor. He will, indeed, be a tough act to follow. Thank you, Tom, for all you've done and all the energy you've invested in making the ISBA an excellent, progressive, highly responsive, all-inclusive, respectful & respected professional association during his tenure there.

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