I applaud the goal of the Civics Education Initiative’s effort to be sure Iowa students have a basic understanding of government and civics prior to graduation [“Goup says Iowa students should pass civics test to get diploma,” July 16]. A good understanding of civics leads to better participation in our democracy and inspires a greater sense of patriotism. As the spouse of a soldier, both of these things are very important to me. I hope the effort is successful.

— Lindsay Felty, West Des Moines