Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Justice Kennedy & The Chief

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy joins California Chief Justice to celebrate civic education

Justices, judges, educators, and students from around the state gathered at a summit convened by California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye to talk about the progress they’ve made in the last four years in advocating for civic education in California and to discuss next steps. The summit, held Feb. 14 in Sacramento, featured Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, and State Superintendent of Education Tom Torlakson.
Summit attendees also heard from Speaker Pro Tem Kevin Mullen, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, who commended the Chief Justice on her successes for revitalizing civic education, which include the:
​Justice Kennedy stressed the importance of teaching democracy and the constitution at a young age. "It's inspiring to hear our young people today," Kennedy said, referring to the students from former Civic Learning Award winning schools. "But we have measures of countless students who do not know the meaning of our heritage, who do not know the meaning of freedom," he added.