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greekdefaultwatch@gmail.com Natural gas consultant by day, blogger on the Greek economy by night. Trained as an economist and political scientist. I believe in common sense and in data, and my aim is to offer insight written in language that is clear and convincing.

25 March 2006

Political aversion

Sandra Day O’Connor and Roy Romer write in today’s Washington Post: “Fierce global competition prompted President Bush to use the State of the Union address to call for better math and science education, where there's evidence that many schools are falling short. We should be equally troubled by another shortcoming in American schools: Most young people today simply do not have an adequate understanding of how our government and political system work, and they are thus not well prepared to participate as citizens.”

There is something to be said about this. For me, however, the link is different: my occasional aversion to politics comes not from my failing to understand how government works, but from understanding it all too well.

References:
Sandra Day O’Connor and Roy Romer, “Not By Math Alone,” Washington Post, 25 Mar 06 (link)

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