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With Bidens in the White House, civic education should get more support.

For educators, a time of opportunity after civic life's current stress test

Civic educators watched last week's riotous assault on the Capitol with a mixture of alarm and hope. The mob's brazen disregard for the truth and the rule of law shook teachers around the nation, but also made a stunning case for the need to invest in civic learning, which could enjoy a breakthrough year in 2021.

A bipartisan bill to invest $1 billion in civic education, a teacher-friendly incoming president, popular support for civic learning, a surge in youth activism — and the fragile state of American democracy itself — have all combined to create "sort-of a Sputnik moment" for civics, says Louise Dubé, the executive director of iCivics.

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Elected officials who spread disinformation, like the QAnon conspiracy theories, should be barred from public office, writes Bethume.

The Capitol mob was put down. The disinformation spreaders need to be defeated next.

Berthume is a fellow at the Truman National Security Project, a progressive defense and foreign policy think tank.

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If more states offered a better civics curriculum, then perhaps 10 percent of college graduates wouldn't think Judge Judy serves on the Supreme Court.

My generation is not getting the education our governance requires

Elbaum is a freshman at George Washington University.

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