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Dreyfuss gives civics lesson to SD Bar

During his acting career, Richard Dreyfuss won an Academy Award and gained fame for such movies as "Jaws" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." But he stopped working full time in the business nearly a decade ago to pursue his greatest role: civics education advocate.

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amy roth 6:32pm April 30, 2014

Bravo Richard Dreyfus. But I'd call it "history" rather than "civics," because civics sounds so boring! It should be taught as a narrative -- a STORY -- not as a bunch of rules and laws. The rules and laws should flow out of the story just as they did in real life. Tell about the fight to get the Constitution ratified, state by state -- how different it was from the countries all the patriots had come from -- even England! How hard it was to refrain from becoming a monarchy, and how only George Washington's refusal to become a King stopped that movement. Etc etc etc. As my father said to me when I was young, "How can you fail to be fascinated by the story of what once was?"

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