At a time when fake news is causing real problems, Bob Graham has a solution that starts in the classroom.
The former Florida governor and U.S. senator recently visited The Sun to discuss the new edition of his book, "America, the Owner's Manual: You Can Fight City Hall - and Win." The book, co-written with Jacksonville attorney Chris Hand, explains how everyday citizens can engage government and get results.
Graham's visit came weeks after the presidential election but with plenty of people still wondering what to do now. Journalists are struggling with how to cover a president-elect who continues to spread lies on Twitter.
They're also trying to figure out how to deal with the proliferation of fake news and people's willingness to believe it. Graham said the country is paying the price for removing civics from school curriculums.
He recalled taking three one-year civics classes from the 7th to 12th grades, which he said weren't "spectator civics" courses that only taught information like the number of U.S. Supreme Court justices.
"You used to have courses that taught the role of the citizen in a democracy," he said.
Graham's book aims to do just that and includes stories of successful citizen efforts to cause change. He said engaging with government institutions is a better response to the election than just protesting.
"This is the time for citizens not to retreat but to move forward and to move forward at a very personal and generally local level," he said. "Not only do they have the prospect of enhancing their own lives and improving the community in which they live, but also it will give them an outlet for their frustrations." READ MORE.