Retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter says he sees a “dangerous state of civic knowledge” in America, reports the Chicago Tribune. Speaking at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in Chicago, Souter warned that a lack of proper civics education poses a threat to judicial independence.
“We know from survey results that two-thirds of people in the United States cannot even name all three branches of the national government,” Souter said. “This is something to worry about.” Souter recalled a youth spent learning about government by sitting in on meetings in the Town Hall of Weare, N.H. He said, “If anyone had put the question to one of my 9th-grade classmates or to me — what are the three branches of government? — none of us would have failed to answer.”