Should the Basics of Law Be Taught in High School? (As an Elective)
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Should high schoolers have a basic knowledge of law? I think so. Not that it should be required, but there should be a class for it. I would hate to go to law school only to realize that I don't like it.
- Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), which began the "separate but equal" doctrine
- Roe v. Wade (1973), establishing that right to privacy extends to abortions
- Tinker v. Des Moines (1969), asserting that students have free speech in schools
- Marbury v. Madison (1803), extending the Supreme Court's power
- I would not say that the Government and law classes should be interchangeable, as they focus on different things. I'd also state that Government and law would be "core classes", because, once again, it is the duty of the American citizen to know about their government and the due process of law, as well as their rights (see here, apologies for the website format).
- Instead of teaching us about the mitochondria for the 17th time in a row, we could learn something useful if the law class is obligatory. (I'm dead serious about this, there is too much reviewing of material.)
- Required credits can take place over any year. For example, at my school, it is required we have at least one P.E. credit in order to graduate. But if you have a class that takes place over a quarter in a certain year, like Health in junior, it could make things much smoother.