In my 12 years of public school education, politics NEVER,EVER was talked about in any class. Not current politics. And the civil rights struggle was going on which was being resisted by several southern democrats in public office. With the social and political things going on at that tiime, you would think the teachers would be talking to the students about JFK and LBJ and the segregation that was to happen, charcter assasinations and all of the rest. Yet it was never discussed. Of course everyone with a television, radio or local newspaper subscription knew the details very well.
The on time I ever heard a national politician spoke of in school was when JFK was assasinated. I remember this like it was only yesterday. Over the school intercom, in our classroom, we were told that the president of the united states was dead. Our teacher started crying and told us, "class, no matter what your parents or you may think of the man..sob, sob...but he was still OUR PRESIDENT." She then completely broke down and sobbed like a baby. School turned out and went home.
Truth is, in my area, in my era, politics was not something ever mentioned in school. I think it should be off limits today, and instead just teach an in depth course in civics. So when did so many kids get interested in something like politics? That too is a change. That just doesn't seem normal. But perhaps they are more interested today because it has been turned into a circus, a pro wresting match, a conduit for tawdry personal life details attracting young voyeurs, an unhealthy entertainment, encouraging division, tribalistic natures, and even at times pure hate. Yet perhaps our schools now are reflecting society, as these kids are society. And we are a nation clearly divided.