Hi guys, I have jury duty this week! When I mentioned this to my teacher colleagues I got a lot of moans and groans. Really? This coming from educators really did surprise me. How do we expect the general population to respect the idea of civic responsibility, when educators respond this way? Jury duty is part of rights and responsibilities of all citizens. Does anyone have any great ideas or lesson to get that message across to our students or the general public. We need to change our attitude about serving on juries.
Hi guys, I am! looking for a lesson or resource that will help me teach the progression of political parties in the early period to 1877 for my 8th graders. Do you have a lesson, chart, or resource that I could use or get an idea from? Thanks for sharing!
I work for a county elections office that oversees polling places, poll workers and voter registration. I'm curious for any feedback about engaging with students (be they elementary, middle or high school students) about civic participation and registering to vote. I know from ...Read the rest of this topic
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I am collecting data to help identify the real-world impact of political polarization brought on by social media interactions. The data that I collect will be used for my Master’s Thesis to complete my degree in Political Science at American Public University. The ...
My students have been involved this semester in several civic engagement projects. One of them involves revitalization of the south Oklahoma City community. They want to influence how tax dollars are allocated by the City Council so that a community center is built on their side of town. They ...Read the rest of this topic
My friend Debbie Keen, a high school law teacher in Dallas, Texas, created a non-profit organization called Youth Safety and Civility Alliance. The goal of the organization is to "build tools and the relationships to most effectively reach and teach the next generation" the practice of civility. ...Read the rest of this topic
Civic engangement is important in neighborhoods such as where I live. There are several elderly people who live independently, but it is always a good idea to keep them in mind during sever weather in case they are in need of something. If I don't see someone for more than a day, a pop in visit is made to see that they are alright.
Civic engagement refers to participation by individuals and groups in public affairs. It ranges from voting to communicating one’s opinions to public officials to running for public office. Even before Alexis de Tocqueville it has been considered one of the hallmarks of American democracy. ...Read the rest of this topic
According to the Pew Research Center, by the election of 2020 the number of gen xers and millennials will outnumber baby boomers and the older generation. What impact, if any, will this new generation of voters have on the direction of the United States? http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/07/31/millennials-and-gen-xers-outvoted-boomers-and-older-generations-in-2016-election/