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Richard Dreyfuss: Rebuilding America will take focus on civics education
Across the Back Fence ^ | 08/08/2010 | Todd Fitchette

Posted on 08/08/2010 5:56:03 PM PDT by WriteStuff

There is an undeniable connection between the political battles of the 21st Century and the move away from teaching civics at all levels in the public education system during the later part of the 20th Century. The benefits of reinstituting a solid curriculum of civics into our school system, and ultimately our way of life, will be monumental.

We need to look no farther than our television set to find the cause and effect such a slide away from teaching civics has had on America, and in a larger sense, the global society.

Academy Award winning actor Richard Dreyfuss is promoting an initiative to make civics education a vital part of our public education process. According to the Dreyfuss Initiative:

(Excerpt) Read more at conservativepoliticalblog.wordpress.com ...


TOPICS: Education; Government; History; Politics
KEYWORDS: civics; education; politics; richarddreyfuss

1 posted on 08/08/2010 5:56:07 PM PDT by WriteStuff
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To: WriteStuff

Wow! Good for him!


2 posted on 08/08/2010 5:59:18 PM PDT by freemama
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To: WriteStuff

A better start would be to send the President, his staff, the entire Executive Branch, Congress and even the Supreme Court to school so they can learn what the Constitution of the United States says.


3 posted on 08/08/2010 5:59:38 PM PDT by TommyDale (Independent - I already left the GOP because they were too liberal)
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To: WriteStuff

Another blogger joined to pimp his blog.

When did Dreyfuss change his political stripes?


4 posted on 08/08/2010 6:00:05 PM PDT by IGOTMINE (1911s FOREVER!)
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To: TommyDale

Even better start: send all of the above to Easter Island and start over.


5 posted on 08/08/2010 6:00:46 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: WriteStuff

I think trying to convince the high school and college kids that America DIDN’T win its independence from Vietnam is going to be a real b*tch.


6 posted on 08/08/2010 6:00:46 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The United States of America! aka The Big Pinata. Bash it and the goodies fall out.)
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To: WriteStuff

F him. He was a big Bush hater and a Republican and Christian hater from Hollywood.


7 posted on 08/08/2010 6:01:37 PM PDT by Frantzie (Television controls the American people/sheep)
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To: WriteStuff

He’s trying to play catch-up with a lib version of Janine Turner and her project: http://constitutingamerica.org/ - follow it on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/ConstitutingAmerica


8 posted on 08/08/2010 6:02:29 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa
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To: WriteStuff

Civics in a ‘socialist nutshell’?


9 posted on 08/08/2010 6:03:53 PM PDT by cricket (flies don't lie. . .)
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To: WriteStuff

Amen.

But what would be better is for all politicians to read the Constitution and be able to pass a hard test on the Constitution before they are even considering running for any political office and that includes judges as well.

That should be the real litmus test.

Any politician or judge who does not score a passing grade, that is 70 or higher on such a written test, should resign or not run for office.


10 posted on 08/08/2010 6:04:38 PM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: IGOTMINE

> “When did Dreyfuss change his political stripes?” <

Exactly my thought. Perhap he’s one of the many soon-to-be Hollywood types with “buyer’s remorse” about Obama?


11 posted on 08/08/2010 6:04:42 PM PDT by Joe Marine 76 (Semper Fi!)
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To: Frantzie

My antenna are tingling as well. I guess the big question would be whose version and meaning of civics, George Washington or Karl Marx?


12 posted on 08/08/2010 6:05:48 PM PDT by mazda77 (Rubio for US Senate - West FL22nd - Hayworth for US Senate - Scott for FL Gov.)
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To: Frantzie
No S!$t. Bad Guy. This clowns mind in incorrect on the entire subject of American Civics, unless he knows more than Howard Zinn. :)
13 posted on 08/08/2010 6:06:51 PM PDT by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal!)
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To: WriteStuff

Boy I’m confused! I thought Richard was a lib? :-/


14 posted on 08/08/2010 6:07:39 PM PDT by rbosque (11 year Freeper! Combat Economist.)
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To: IGOTMINE
He hasn't changed his stripes.

If the blogger is truly a conservative he should know that Dreyfuss is the worst kind of leftest. His call for civics education is a ruse. The debate will be all left sided.

15 posted on 08/08/2010 6:07:57 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: WriteStuff
Civics Lesson #1: America is a democracy that celebrates diversity.

Civics Lesson #2: Discrimination, that is, showing discernment, is wrong everywhere and all the time.

Civics Less #3: White Christians are the source of all evil.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

16 posted on 08/08/2010 6:10:49 PM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: MotorCityBuck

I think there are some Hollywood liberals who are even shocked at just how far left this communist totalitarian regime is going.

I think that scenario is very much like the 1950’s when well meaning and naive liberals started to realize just how destructive the communists among us really were and then turned against them by becoming informers.

Former party members informed on other party members who were actually hard core commies who sought the overthrow of the US from within.

I think this is starting to happen all over again.


17 posted on 08/08/2010 6:12:27 PM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: Ev Reeman
But what would be better is for all politicians to read the Constitution and be able to pass a hard test on the Constitution before they are even considering running for any political office and that includes judges as well.

I love the way you think! All it would take would be for ONE Presidential candidate to ask to be tested.

18 posted on 08/08/2010 6:13:17 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: WriteStuff

I’d wait until Dreyfuss fleshes out some of the pages on his web site before celebrating. Several pages are empty. And the pages that do have content read like he wrote them during a manic episode, and need editing.


19 posted on 08/08/2010 6:16:12 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: Frantzie; WriteStuff

Yes, the idea of this piece was to make that scumbag Dreyfuss face-palm. I’d say it’s a pretty good attempt. The last thing communists like Dreyfuss and his liberal Democrat ilk want is an America that understands the US Constitution.


20 posted on 08/08/2010 6:16:17 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Ev Reeman
I think there are some Hollywood liberals who are even shocked at just how far left this communist totalitarian regime is going.

It's funny that you say this. Just this morning I was saying that (Gov) Jerry Brown, running for CA Gov, is really the embodiment of the 1970s LIBERAL LEFTIST. They did not want the Soviet Union here; they had their limits. They bristled at Communism. But Obama is in ANOTHER LEAGUE. Obama stands for and wants pure Soviet style communism, which is of course despotism and oligarchy. Basically, Obama stands for FAILED OLD Communism. It would be quite weird if it were not so dangerous.

21 posted on 08/08/2010 6:16:40 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Ev Reeman

Agreed about the Hollywood Statement. I just don’t trust much of Hollywood anymore. Of course there is always the occasional exception. I hope your right.


22 posted on 08/08/2010 6:17:41 PM PDT by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal!)
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To: beethovenfan

Obviously you are correct. I was just trying to appear nice.


23 posted on 08/08/2010 6:18:54 PM PDT by TommyDale (Independent - I already left the GOP because they were too liberal)
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To: Ev Reeman
I think there are some Hollywood liberals who are even shocked at just how far left this communist totalitarian regime is going.

I disagree. I think they are wringing their hands in glee.
They are all steaming pantload Al Frankens, every last one of them.

24 posted on 08/08/2010 6:19:33 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Hollywood and ALL of television support Obama 100%. They are scum. Dreyfuss was always a weasley little sh*t who could not act to save his life.

I loathe all of Hollywood and all of television especially the sports sh*t that has incredible liberal bias that is masked so much that the idiots don’t get it. Ditto most of Madison Ave.


25 posted on 08/08/2010 6:21:13 PM PDT by Frantzie (Television controls the American people/sheep)
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To: WriteStuff

The collected wisdom of Mr. Dreyfuss:

“It must be remembered that the Bush White House has a separate talent for character assassination that must not be confused with a talent for governance.”

“Kerry is an adult - he thinks things through. He learns from the present as well as the past. To George Bush, thinking things through is for sissies.”

“Cindy Sheehan is making a starting point with the questions she is asking and it’s not unpatriotic to ask them, ... It’s actually a higher form of patriotism.”

“There are causes worth fighting for even if you know that you will lose. Unless you are willing to accept torture as part of a normal American political lexicon, unless you are willing to accept that leaving the Geneva Convention is fine and dandy, if you accept the expansion of wiretapping as business as usual, the only way to express this now is to embrace the difficult and perhaps embarrassing process of impeachment.”


26 posted on 08/08/2010 6:22:34 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: Lancey Howard

Agreed. Never trust them for a second.

A tiger doesn’t change its stripes.


27 posted on 08/08/2010 6:22:41 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: TommyDale
A better start would be to send the President, his staff, the entire Executive Branch, Congress and even the Supreme Court to school so they can learn what the Constitution of the United States says.

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THE SCHOOLS A WORTHLESS!

They're a big part of this clown being in the White House, and getting away with jive talking us every single day.

The Weekly Standard 05-18-2009
Education

28 posted on 08/08/2010 6:23:19 PM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: CaptainK

I honestly don’t know what Dreyfuss’ political affiliation is; I’m simply responding to his words and what he said. Taken at face value though he’s got a great point: we have done a very poor job of educating students in terms of the true history of this country and on civics.
Kids today don’t have the common sense of a wet noodle. Schools don’t teach students HOW to learn, they simply teach a set of facts necessary to pass standardized tests.


29 posted on 08/08/2010 6:23:23 PM PDT by WriteStuff
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To: mazda77
I guess the big question would be whose version and meaning of civics, George Washington or Karl Marx?

Zackly.

30 posted on 08/08/2010 6:25:24 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: IGOTMINE
When did Dreyfuss change his political stripes?

I'm not certain he did. But it seems that many, many Democrats are getting the message that the Democrat left is w-a-a-y too left, and that w-a-a-y too left is not what they meant when they became Democrats.
31 posted on 08/08/2010 6:28:51 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: IGOTMINE

I’m sure he didn’t. Just wait ‘til you find out what his idea of a good civics lesson is.


32 posted on 08/08/2010 6:31:15 PM PDT by abigailsmybaby ( I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did. Yogi Berra)
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To: WriteStuff

He’s a hardcore leftist.

His civics curriculum would be stacked against any opposing view point. Trust me.


33 posted on 08/08/2010 6:38:06 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: WriteStuff

Dreyfuss donates to Dems: Feinstein, Boxer, Maxine Waters, Gore, Clinton, Kerry...

http://www.opensecrets.org/indivs/search.php?capcode=96dyk&name=Dreyfuss&employ=&cand=&state=CA&zip=&all=Y&old=N&c2008=N&c2006=N&c2010=N&sort=N&page=&page=5

(List continues to the next page.)


34 posted on 08/08/2010 6:38:47 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: WriteStuff

Richard Dreyfuss is a far Left socialist dork. You can bet any civics curriculum he’s involved with will resemble the old Soviet “re-education” camps.


35 posted on 08/08/2010 6:39:15 PM PDT by Bernard Marx (I don’t trust the reasoning of anyone who writes then when they mean than.)
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To: righttackle44
...it seems that many, many Democrats are getting the message that the Democrat left is w-a-a-y too left, and that w-a-a-y too left is not what they meant when they became Democrats

I think it's more a case of they got what they wanted but didn't like it when they got it. Dreyfuss wanted all the leftist stuff, but like most of the artsy guys and the trust fund radicals (Meghan McCain,) they think that the mechanism of production will continue forever, even if they continue to scoop huge amounts of venture capital out of the system to fund their pipe dreams. They make it more profitable to sit on your rear than to work, then can't figure out why no one wants to work.

36 posted on 08/08/2010 6:39:27 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: IGOTMINE
When did Dreyfuss change his political stripes?

The good news is he wants to teach more civics. The bad news it, he wants to teach civics according to Marx.

37 posted on 08/08/2010 6:52:03 PM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Dreyfuss portrayed U.S Vice President Dick Cheney in Oliver Stone’s 2008 George W. Bush bio-pic W.


38 posted on 08/08/2010 6:58:48 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

On February 16, 2006, Dreyfuss spoke at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. in hopes of prompting a national discussion on impeachment charges against U.S. President George W. Bush.

In November 2009, he said that journalists are the only representatives citizens have left in Washington. “I am going to ask the Republican and Democratic parties for big checks.”


39 posted on 08/08/2010 7:13:09 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: Frantzie

My thoughts exaclty. When did he change stripes? What is his angle? To teach how great Obama is?


40 posted on 08/08/2010 7:16:13 PM PDT by SgtHooper
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To: WriteStuff

If you saw the curriculum he’d propose, you might not be so enthusiastic.


41 posted on 08/08/2010 7:55:39 PM PDT by DesScorp
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To: WriteStuff
I began reading this, and while I also believe that civics education is important, the first thing I noticed was the repeated description of the US government as a "democracy." It's NOT a democracy, it's a republic. If they are going to teach this sort of misinformation, imagine what else they're going to be teaching...

Mark

42 posted on 08/08/2010 8:45:37 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Keith in Iowa
He’s trying to play catch-up with a lib version of Janine Turner and her project:

Rules, darn it! Rules!

Mark

43 posted on 08/08/2010 8:49:08 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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