While delivering a keynote speech in Boise, Idaho, former SCOTUS Justice Sandra Day O’Conner let THIS cat out of the bag.
Too bad she didn’t deliver the CAUSE for this. From Mc Clatchey News .com
Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, in Boise, laments ‘alarming degree of public ignorance’
Former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor with the great Ronaldus Magnus. A good pick? Not really, but not bad, either.
By Katie Terhune Idaho Statesman 6 Sept. 2013
Two-thirds of Americans cannot name a single Supreme Court justice, former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor told the crowd that packed into a Boise State ballroom to hear her Thursday.
About one-third can name the three branches of government. Fewer than one-fifth of high school seniors can explain how citizen participation benefits democracy.
“Less than one-third of eighth-graders can identify the historical purpose of the Declaration of Independence, and it’s right there in the name,” she said.
O’Connor touted civics education during her keynote address at the “Transforming America: Women and Leadership in the 21st Century” conference, put on by the Andrus Center for Public Policy. She also described being a female lawyer in the 1950s, and challenged her listeners to help the next generation of leaders reach their goals.
O’CONNOR ON CIVICS
“The more I read and the more I listen, the more apparent it is that our society suffers from an alarming degree of public ignorance,” O’Connor said.
That ignorance starts in the earliest years of a child’s schooling, she said, but often continues all the way through college and graduate school.
O’Connor argued that learning about citizenship is just as important for American children as learning multiplication or how to write their names.
“We have to ensure that our citizens are well informed and prepared to face tough challenges,” she said. “If there is a single child not learning about civics or not being exposed to what they must do as citizens, then all our lives are poorer for that.”
To combat what she sees as a dangerous lack of civics in schools, O’Connor founded icivics.org, a website for educators and students. The site uses games, lesson plans and activities to make learning about government and citizenship less boring.
ON PRACTICING LAW AS A WOMAN
After graduating from Stanford Law School in 1952, O’Connor’s husband was drafted and she needed to find a job.
Many of her Stanford classmates went on to high-paying jobs with large firms. But O’Connor quickly learned that her own path to employment would be much harder.
“The problem was, I was female,” she said. “I couldn’t get a job; they all said no when I applied.”
Finally, O’Connor landed a job with the county attorney’s office in San Mateo, Calif. But the office did not hire female lawyers, so they wouldn’t pay her. O’Connor just worked for free.
“Eventually, I did start getting a salary,” she said. “I spent those years working through the problems women had in those years, like getting a job, and having gotten one, getting paid for it. Very few of my male classmates had that experience.”
O’Connor said the experience only strengthened her resolve. She eventually entered politics — including a stint as the Arizona Senate majority leader — before becoming a judge.
“That early experience made me realize that maybe I did have a role to play in helping shape the character of our nation,” she said.
ON A CALL FROM THE PRESIDENT
O’Connor was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1981, just two years after she was named to the Arizona Court of Appeals
She still remembers the shock of the phone call from President Ronald Reagan.
“He said, ‘Sandra, I’d like to announce your appointment to the Supreme Court tomorrow. Is that all right with you?’ ” she said.
O’Connor served on the high court until retiring in 2006. Initially viewed as a conservative, she became regarded as the decisive swing vote in many cases.
ON PAVING THE WAY
O’Connor acknowledged that many of the women and men who came to Thursday’s conference were already in leadership roles, whether in their job, the classroom, or at home.
Those people need to take the lead again and create a better education for the next generation of leaders, she said.
“Everyone is going to grow up to be a citizen,” she said. “Democracy is not a spectator sport.”
THE AUDIENCE ON O’CONNOR
Edit Szanto traveled from Twin Falls with a group of her College of Southern Idaho colleagues for the conference.
She called O’Connor’s speech inspiring.
“I loved it,” said Szanto, who works in student services. “It was very interesting to hear her perspective and her story.”
O’Connor might be right about the lack of civic education in K-12 schools, Szanto said, but she believes CSI works to engage students to be productive citizens.
Rachel Jones, a criminal justice master’s student at Boise State, said her area of study made her want to attend O’Connor’s talk.
Jones, who is considering attending law school, said O’Connor’s words about her early struggles as a woman in a male-dominated setting echoed what Jones hears in class.
“A lot of professors in our field focus studies on feminism and disparity between genders,” she said.
Like Szanto, Jones thought that civics education improves – or at least appears to – at the college level.
But even the classes offered on the subject at Boise State were not mandatory, she said.
“The classes are available, but they’re not required,” she said. “You can seek them out.”
While Madame Justice is correct on this issue, she did NOT state HOW it got to this point.
With the undisputable TRUTH that the communistic left, in their desire to dumb down the population to the extent they have, with the elimination of HOW our government was formed, to it’s Constitutional limits, to the very make-up of the separate, but equal, branches, to where it is today, being taught as the government is your FAMILY, the government is your PROVIDER of all things one could possibly want ,or need, the government is to obeyed in ALL aspects, the government is your master, on and on, we see the deplorable state we are at.
With the horrific way the damnable media has sold out to leftists, and lying about all others, the assholish slavery of the entertainment industry to leftists, and WAY too much of our financial, health, and other vital industries capitulating to a government out of control, it is no wonder she sees such problems.
The communistic left, thinking only THEY can possibly run government, are going to do ALL THEY CAN to keep the populace from finding out just how AWFUL living under leftist control, such as Cuba, Venezuela, the former Soviet Union really is.
Justice O’Connor, I wholeheartedly agree with you on this issue. BUT, you DID NOT offer the ONLY solution I see that WILL increase the general public’s knowledge about affairs that affects us all.
THAT solution calls for the elimination of ALL leftists from the three legged stool of evil. First leg: Government. 2nd leg. Media. 3rd leg. Academe.
As evidenced this past week by the asshat Professor William Penn at Michigan State, for our young people to TRULY learn about what we called in the days gone by, CIVICS classes, asshats like HIM cannot allowed to be the norm at ANY level of education.
Eliminate THESE types from the three-legged stool, the Republic MAY have a chance.