Educating the Youth About Civic Responsibility's

The different ways to determine the resistance of today's youth to engage in civil service compared with youth of the past. The youth of the past primarily followed what their family members did. The youth of today is comprised of different attitudes and goals that don't mirror the same ideology of the past. Political engagement has fallen and voting involvement has been on a sharp decline. The blame is towards older adults who have failed in their responsibility to transmit workable civic norms, to provide practical contexts in which young people can develop civic knowledge, dispositions and skills. The involvement of the youth tin civic engagement would allow them to have their voice heard over the older voices who may not share the same interests.

Political engagement helps develop a feeling of involvement in one's society. A skill that can be developed to work with others towards goods that can only be obtained or created through collective action, and the powers of sympathetic understanding needed to build bridges. The classroom becomes the arena where the introduction to civil engagement becomes important. The National Assessment of Educational Progress which determines the civic knowledge of young adults. Unfortunately, the youth scored way below the normal standards. Bringing attention to the formal education administered in schools needs to include more civil knowledge. The study also determined the social studies and history teachers who teach civics classes are not properly prepared tot each these courses.

How do you promote the acquisition of civil skills? Galston suggests make public speaking a requirement. Student government participation is invaluable and program involvement in civic organizations. The next is the promotion of civic virtues. This leads to making them feel like citizens of their school community and believer in equal opportunity. Civic engagement offers the chance to all ethnic groups to develop a link between their culture and the government, creating a better understanding.

Traditionally omitting of history subjects in the classroom has been unchecked. The civic education is repressive when it fails to teach appreciation and respect for the positive contributions by minorities to a society's culture. This view contributes to the lack of minorities to contribute to civil engagement. A primary issue is that the teaching in the school leads children to believe they are superior leading the others to feel inferior. Teaching mutual respect among citizens is the primary aim of civic education. Multiculturalism is important factor in civic service.

Their is a story of three Muslim girls kicked out of school because they would refuse to take off their religious chadors. Religious and cultural tolerance should be part of civic education and shouldn't be cast aside. The understanding the different cultures that embody the world and having respect for each one is an important dynamic of civic engagement. Recognizing the need to teach children about foreign countries and cultures is consistent with giving great attention to the history, cultures, and politics of our own country than we do to any other.

Raised by Marguerite Holliday and Herbert Lawrence in Freeport, Long Island. Attended, Lasalle Military Academy and excelled in sports and academics. Attended St.Paul's in Garden City. Moved to West Hempstead at 15 and graduated from West Hempstead High School. Attended Boston College and graduated with a BA in Political Science and Philosophy. Earned a Master's in Public Administration from CW Post Long Island University. Currently attending Dowling College Doctoral program in Educational Administration and anticipated graduation May 2010.


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