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San Diego Community Leaders Call For Revival In Civics Education

Donnell Branch, right, raises his hand in his Perkins Elementary Schoool fourth-grade classroom, March 2, 2017.
Kris Arciaga
Donnell Branch, right, raises his hand in his Perkins Elementary Schoool fourth-grade classroom, March 2, 2017.
The Institute for Civic Engagement's 8th annual Restoring Respect Conference at the University of San Diego gets underway this week. This year's theme is Restoring Civic Literacy: Revitalizing Civic Education across our Community.

With the polarization of U.S. politics, it’s not uncommon for a friendly conversation to turn uncivil.

But for the last eights years, local educational and civic leaders have convened in San Diego to discuss ways to improve civility in civic dialogue.

This week, the Institute for Civic Engagement's 8th annual Restoring Respect Conference is taking place at the University of San Diego. This year's theme is Restoring Civic Literacy: Revitalizing Civic Education across our Community.

Carl Luna, political science professor at San Diego Mesa College and the director of the Institute for Civic Engagement joins Judith McConnell, presiding justice on the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District in San Diego, on Midday Edition Tuesday to talk about the role of civic education in keeping a healthy American democracy.