When it comes to government and politics, many Floridians just don't care. The state has some of the lowest voter turnout and volunteer rates in the country. Polls show nearly two-thirds of central Florida residents can't even name their U.S. senators, who come from central Florida. Two old government hands - former senator and governor Bob Graham and former U.S. representative Lou Frey - think the schools are part of the problem. They want them to become part of the solution.
So today Frey and Graham, who outlined their position in a report issued back in January, are asking the Senate Pre-K-12 Education Committee to add civics lessons back into the curriculum. They've enlisted the support of many newspapers and government leaders. What do you think? Have the schools lost their way in instructing youngsters about their rights and responsibilities as citizens? Do Graham and Frey have the right idea?