A Bout of Banning
Some politicians and parents are seeking to ban controversial ideas from being taught in the classroom. Their concern is that impressionable students will accept misguided theories and false narratives about our history, culture, and country. But the effort to ban particular theories or ideas isn’t enough to solve the problem.
Solving the Civics Crisis
Schools must devote more instruction time and teacher training to the study of civics and government. This education must go beyond textbooks, instead emphasizing primary documents so that students may understand history from the perspectives of its participants. By building civic knowledge earlier, students will develop greater judgment and stronger resistance to bad ideas later.