Want to save our democracy? Talk — and listen — to someone you don’t agree with.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Jul 14, 12:00 AM

Want to save our democracy? Talk — and listen — to someone you don’t agree with.

Schools are the only institutions charged with making citizens, which is why we require everyone to attend them. But our schools have failed to teach us how to conduct civil, reasoned dialogue. Turn on cable TV — or listen, if you must, to talk radio — and you’ll encounter people shouting past each other, not conversing with each other. They never learned to do anything else.

Tags: curriculum, public schools

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