Civics Education and Hope for the Future

In his year-end report, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts noted something wrong with many of America’s schools, writing, “We have come to take democracy for granted, and civic education has fallen by the wayside.”

He continued, “In our age, when social media can instantly spread rumor and false information on a grand scale, the public’s need to understand our government, and the protections it provides, is ever more vital.”

Justice Roberts’ concerns don’t seem overstated considering recent polling data shows that 36 percent of Millennials say they approve of communism and 70 percent of Millennials say they are “likely” to vote for a socialist candidate.

“The historical amnesia about the dangers of communism and socialism is on full display in this year’s report,” said Marion Smith, executive director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, commenting on the poll commissioned by his organization.

“When we don’t educate our youngest generations about the historical truth of 100 million victims murdered at the hands of communist regimes over the past century, we shouldn’t be surprised at their willingness to embrace Marxist ideas.”

CJ Pearson

In response to this crisis in our schools, one young man has launched an initiative aimed at making civics a part of regular education in every state in the nation.

CJ Pearson, 17, is the founder of Last Hope USA, a student-led non-profit whose stated mission is “to ensure the preservation of America’s founding ideals through the promotion of civic education and civic participation to America’s next generation .”

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