Democratic engagement and civic learning are essential to the balance and future of this nation. California’s students must know this well –as they’re being awarded for their commitment to civic learning.
It’s necessary the educators continue to push their students to participate in government at a young age. Likewise, it’s essential that they facilitate an attitude of acceptance, social responsibility, and decorum. The interpersonal skills that are needed to succeed professionally are the same required to engage with one’s community efficiently.
California’s students are getting notices for their efforts to enhance and develop their understanding of civic knowledge. According to SFGate, there are thirteen San Francisco Bay area schools were among 74 across the state of California to be recognized with a Civic Learning Award this year.
Solano County area schools in California were also celebrated for studying the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution, and the rights of those in a democratic society. Civic knowledge wards off the threat of misinformation and it invites students to practice critical thinking. Kairos Vacaville Public School Academy, Vanden and Armijo high schools in Fairfield, Benicia High and Bethel High in Vallejo were the institutions where students were honored for being active with civic engagement. They’re also being celebrated for demonstrating leadership through civil education.
There were three categories of an award given to the schools the awards of excellence, awards of distinction, and merit awards.
Without knowing exactly what tools were used to push Californian students toward embrace civic learning and knowledge, please consider some of the following means when teaching young people civics:
- Local Politics
Start at home. Help young people understand how civic engagement may or may not help their community. Encourage young people to write out the strengths and needs of a community, and help them to figure out how those needs could be met. They should then plan an action, create posters, and pull from nearby resources to help clean their local park or wash away graphic graffiti.
- Create a Fiction Nation
Help young people to see the limits and ability of government, by allowing to exercise their imaginations when deciding on civil liberties and obligations. Students and young people should be able to highlight the laws, draft constitutions, and create a comfortable environment for their citizens.
- Civic Action Project (CAP)
Civic Action Project (CAP) is a program designed for teachers, helping to guide them and their students through policy and civic issues. The program can help students to understand the impact of legislative actions better.
In addition to the actions mentioned above, students can do a number of other things in order to be more like the students in California schools, including writing about the Declaration of Independence and creating their flag or symbol for the nation. If you have any other suggestions for helping students to learn about civic affairs and the rights of citizenship, please share!