Youth and government; art we doomed?
However, one part of it is a real shame.
The highlight for many, in fact, the only part of it that does not involve sitting and listening to a lecture is the police dog demonstration.
It's a shame for the media, us here at The Oakland Press, as it's the most interesting visual part of the day, and we rely on visuals to better tell stories.
But when I think of what I want our children to learn about our government, it includes the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, the rules of evidence, the premise that we have rights and responsibilities.
Police dogs demonstrating how they attack and bite people? That reminds me of totalitarian governments, of suppressing the civil rights movements, even of Hitler's march across Europe.
They have entire crime lab, a jail (including the booking procedures), guns, dispatch center, training for officers. All this stuff, showcasing the rules we follow, the rights people, and the technologies we use to manage ourselves, and it's the dog that's always the most popular part of the police department.