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Civics Education

May 27th, 2009 by flanews

Two out of every five Florida adults cant name the three branches of government and more than half cant name one of their US Senators.

Former US Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham is on a campaign to education the public about how government operates. Graham was in Tallahassee Wednesday to award 20 middle school students for excelling in civics education. Graham said schools should begin teaching civics education early in a students career.

If you wait until theyre in high school, they havent had foundational information about history, about government, about economics in elementary and middle school. They are going to be crippled in terms of their ability to fully understand what it means to be a citizen in a democracy, said Graham.

Wednesday was the first time the Bob Graham Award for Excellence in Civic Action was handed out. Graham hopes the awards will encourage young and old to learn more about their government.

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