Re "Our republic depends upon civic learning" (Viewpoints, Sept. 19): The problem with civic learning in our schools is that it loses the students interest by emphasizing facts rather than teaching knowledge including the context, the importance, the whys, and the relevance to today.
Civic learning is more than dates and knowing the branches of our government. It is understanding the social and economic issues then and now, and how society and government respond and why.
The democratic republic we have is founded in a capitalist system that requires a balance between business and labor, with production and consumption, entrepreneurs and financiers, a middle class of consumers, a responsible government assuring a stable but dynamic society with fairness to all of its citizens.
If this were taught and understood by our children, we would not face the decline of the middle class and democracy we are experiencing, and the rise rise of radicalization and plutocracy.
-- Bill Jurkovich, Citrus Heights