At a macro level, civic education and civic knowledge need proper funding and policy support in schools in order to fully make change. Yet this problem won't be eliminated at this level alone. A top-bottom approach must be made to improve civic education. All stakeholders must be activated, and fortunately every individual in this nation is a stakeholder.
What can parents do to raise active, informed, enthusiastic, and engaged citizens? Here are a few tips:
2. Advocacy, Activism, and Protest: Let your kids in on the causes you care about. Exemplify peaceful protest and create a dialogue around human rights, political, environmental, and health issues that hit close to home.
3. Fight for Civics: We must fund organizations providing quality civic resources, and encourage these organizations to follow technological and educational trends to match the needs our 21st century learners. Join the discussion online: #CivXNow.
4. Get to Know the K12 Curriculum: Talk to the teacher, the principal, and Board of Education about the civics curriculum. Are there activism, civic action, and civic knowledge components? If it isn't sufficient, begin a petition around school and in your community. Write letters to Board of Education members and state legislators.
5. Teach Civility through Open Discussion: Talk with your kids about the news. Encourage them to talk to their peers and people different than them. We all won't agree but it's important that we hear each other out.
6. Play iCivics Games: What's the best way to learn how our system is supposed to work? Play games! iCivics games put players in the driverseat and makes the learning a tangible memorable experience. Play the games with your child. I suggest starting with Do I Have A Right?.
7. Level the Playing Field: A government of, by, and for the people is just that. All citizens should have a say in how they are governed. This means that those of us with privilege must stand up for the rights of those disenfranchised people.
Teach Them: On Parents And Civic Duty
Democracy at a Crossroads, CivXNow site
Civic Action and Youth Voting Research by CIRCLE
Parents and All Citizens by Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools
Share your thoughts on Civic Education using #CivXNow