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I had the privilege of listening to the first woman to ever sit on the Supreme Court bench speak yesterday — the Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor. At 84 she is still serving the people. She reminded us that an informed and engaged citizenship is vital for success. That’s why she created…to encourage us to keep growing and learning no matter what our age. Quoting Henry Ford she said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

Teaching government, civics and history is becoming a more pressing need than before. With school cutbacks, the Internet distracting students, and the disappearance of traditional newspapers and TV news shows that objectively report information, youngsters have become increasingly disengaged from civic and political life. Justice O’Connor created a solution with You won’t just learn civics, you’ll play civics! You can run for president, pass new laws, even argue real cases. If you’re a teacher, you’ll find curriculum, lesson plans, and all kinds of resources like teacher guides with pre- and post-discussion questions, and activities for your students.

O’Connor remarked that 8,000 Americans turn 65 years old each day, making the over 50 demographic the fastest growing segment in our population today. “It’s a matter of the wisdom that you accumulate and then contribute,” she said, as she challenged us all to pass on our knowledge to our own communities during our older years. 

March 4, 2014 at 5:14 pm Leave a comment

Shelby L. Phillips

As an intuitive transformational messenger of hope, a communicative wife of 25 years, and an open-hearted mother of two, I take pleasure in telling good news stories, connecting people to the eight dimensions of well-being, and inspiring us to love ourselves and each other because life really is worth celebrating! Find out more about me at


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