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If you’d like to understand what a decline in civics education means for the future of the country’s political system, David Souter suggests a sports analogy.

“As somebody said a while back – you know, if you go to a baseball game and you don’t know what the rules of the game are, it’s incomprehensible. If you know something about the three strikes rule, it’s maybe a little bit more comprehensible,” the retired United States Supreme Court justice told an audience at Nashua Community College Monday afternoon. “Well, the same thing goes for government.”

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Retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter is joining former U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg to discuss the role of civic engagement and education in American democracy.

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Former Supreme Court Justice David Souter spoke in Concord Friday night. Among the topics for discussion was the state of civics education in the country.

Justice Souter told an audience of more than 1,300 people that civics education had declined since he attended Concord High School in the late ‘50s. The decline began, says Souter, in the ‘70s and it failed to recover since then.