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16-Year-Old Girl Challenges Michele Bachmann to a Civics Debate

Maybe civics education isn't dead after all.

Ready for a one-question civics pop quiz? How many amendments are there to the United States Constitution? If you're feeling a little overwhelmed by the question, you're not alone. The average American student is pretty ignorant when it comes to civics. Data released this month from the National Assessment of Educational Progress showed three-quarters of seniors can't name a power granted to Congress by the Constitution.

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On Sunday, June 13, the people of Lexington, Kentucky, gathered at the Blue Grass Airport to bike, walk, and run on the new 4,000 foot runway. The event was just one in an increasingly successful series of Second Sundays—monthly affairs aimed to get Kentuckians out and about on livable streets. Jay McChord, the architect of the initiative, got the idea from Bogota, Columbia's tradition of holding ciclovías, a monthly event where streets become car-free and bicyclists and pedestrians take over. Second Sunday kicked off in Kentucky in October 2008 with a goal of spreading to 12 counties. In a year, 101 counties had caught on, and McChord hopes that the event will spread statewide by the end of this year.

As Mike Lydon explains on Plantizen,

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