I remember taking a government class my senior year of high school. This was one of the most valuable classes I ever took. I really learned a huge amount about how the government works here in America. I learned about the political parties, and how they are different. Since voting is allowed when a teenager turns 18, some kind of political class is definitely necessary.
Politics should be taught in public schools as it is in colleges, which means as political science or political history. Students should be taught to scrutinize the process that is going on in government so they can decide whether a politician is acting on behalf of the people or on behalf of his or her own self interest. We need more education on how things can work.