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Just nine states require a full year of civic education in high school. In 31 states students only have to learn civics for one semester.

How state legislatures can help fix civics

Dubé is the executive director of iCivics, a civic education nonprofit, and one of the founders of CivXNow.org

The youth of today have the ability to fix the problems in our society that adults have created. They're sensitive, in tune with the injustices that surround them and know the power of their own voices. But to effectively channel their instincts and harness their potential for change, we need to give them the tools to do so.

That starts with re-establishing the school as the place in which Americans learn the fundamentals of how our democracy and its institutions work, so that we can imbue them with knowledge they need to navigate that system and create change from the inside.

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