Is the above too much to ask for if we-the-sheeple are paying local-taxes that finance secondary-schooling? Or, rather, is it politicians who do not have a good grounding in Civics? EACH pretendant for an election (local, state, national) should be obliged to take a test in Civics before being allowed to run for office! If we don't rake-out the quacks without acceptable qualifications for the post, we get poor representation in state and national government! And we-the-sheeple have only ourselves to blame! In a democracy, regardless of the level (city, state, national) one always has the governance voted by the public. We cannot blame politicians if it's "we-the-sheeple" that voted them into office! They are merely a reflection of ourselves*. And as far as "ourselves" go - we have presently in Secondary-Schooling a Civics Instruction that is less-than-average. In some states it is awful ... NB: From the Brookings Institution: What does Civics Education Look Like in America - excerpt: I am excerpting just the above infographic from the text, which is highly specific in nature. The chart demonstrates what the kids think about their participation in various aspects of schooling. Interesting, their opinion, isn't it? (Note from the above that the colouring (from dark-to-light-blue) show student personal-opinion indicated in a span of "bad-through-to-good".) If really-'n-truly interested about the subject, read the report in its entirety as linked above ... *And blaming in a blog does not help that much. It's OUR INVOLVEMENT at our school-level locally that matters most! After all, we're the ones paying the taxes that subsidize local primary and secondary level instruction.