Your take on lying & honor (part 2) & momentum for nonpartisan civic education
Welcome to The Fulcrum’s daily weekday e-newsletter where insiders and outsiders to politics are informed, meet, talk, and act to repair our democracy and make it live and work in our everyday lives.
Several weeks ago on The Fulcrum, we shared this Your Take question with our community:
What is your take on how we restore honor when lying has become fashionable?
Bonus question: What would happen if we actually stopped lying to each other and to ourselves?
We were thrilled to have received so many thoughtful responses from our readers that we wanted to take this opportunity to share the second part of those responses this week.
Headlines and conversations all around us tell us just how rare agreement on any topic is. Yet despite our myriad divisions, Americans from across the political spectrum agree on the importance of civic education, that we need more of it, and that it should be better funded.
What’s more, Americans agree that fundamental civic knowledge should be a centerpiece of that education. And we agree that civic skills are crucial. Time and again, parents indicate the desire for their kids to gain concrete skills that will help them be successful in life and work—a high-quality civic education does just that. Parents and educators, alike, want the very best civic education for our kids.
Many of us can conjure moments when politics made us feel sad. But how often do those feelings translate into more serious forms of depression or other mental health issues? And if politics does make us depressed, what do we do about it?
Christopher Ojeda has spent the past few years exploring these questions and he joins the Democracy Works podcast to talk about the relationship between depression and democracy.
National Week of Conversation was created for those exhausted by division and hatred. You’re invited to bring your passion for issues in an environment where you can be heard. We welcome all Americans, across our many differences, into conversations that can rekindle relationships and help us relearn how to be the “we” we know we can be.