Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2010/07/19/Richard_Dreyfuss_Improving_Civic_Education Actor and activist Richard Dreyfuss worries that computing and broadcast technology have effectively removed time from our collective decision-making process. "We no longer ruminate, contemplate, think things through or change our minds," says Dreyfuss. "In geopolitics, the removal of time is fatal." ----- Recognized for his roles in Jaws, American Graffiti, and Mr. Holland's Opus, Richard Dreyfuss has issued a call to action in our classrooms. Dreyfuss believes civic education is the foundation of public education; yet over the years, it has become more about memorizing facts and dates than understanding context and history. By incorporating logic, history, and critical thinking with a national standard, Dreyfuss hopes to inspire a new way of teaching and preparing America's youth. Learn more about his bold national initiative to enhance civic education in today's classrooms. - Commonwealth Club of California Richard Dreyfuss is one of the youngest actors to win the coveted Best Actor Oscar, when he snared it for his performance in The Goodbye Girl. Dreyfuss has been in movie classics such as Mike Nichol's The Graduate and Postcards From the Edge, George Lucas's American Graffiti, Stephen Spielberg's Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Rob Reiner's Stand By Me, Barry Levinson's Tin Men, Barbara Steisand's Nuts, Stakeout, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Lost in Yonkers, and Mr. Holland's Opus, which earned Dreyfuss a second Academy Award nomination. Dreyfuss is also an accomplished stage actor.
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