Civics education in the schools not only would help students grow into more responsible citizens, it would help bridge political divisions over the judiciary, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said Monday in Atlanta during the National Conference of State Legislatures. "Citizens have to be taught to recognize that there are great judges who do not share all of their views about the law of the citizens in part so that judges will try to be celebrated according to their judicial abilities and not for their political credentials," said O'Connor, who also spoke about her online education resource iCivics.

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