Raising a child right is one of the most important jobs in the world. Since each person affects so many lives throughout their lives, it’s imperative for every parent to do their best to raise their child into responsible caring adults. However, the tasks of properly affecting a child to grow into someone of substance is not just a task for parents. The responsibility also lies upon every teacher and administrator of education as well.
While being a good and well-educated person is the core focus for parents, teachers, and administrators, it is also important to teach children they can make a difference in the world around them as they grow. Part of this involves teaching the importance of making their voices heard in adulthood to affect positive change through civics.
There is a push now from all political parties to help youth get more interested, more knowledgeable and more proactive in politics to affect change for good. However, with the increase in political divisions in America, it has been difficult to help them see beyond the great divisions that exist.
Making A Change
Fortunately, today there is a more proactive effort to bring healthy change in teaching youth about politics. One of the new sources in Massachusetts is the new Edward Kennedy Institute for The United States Senate. The main goal of the center is to help teachers, administrators, parents and concerned citizens have a place to help teach youth about the importance of America’s branches of government.
With more and more youth caught up in social media and Hollywood, fewer youth know anything about how their government is run. In fact, in a disturbing recent study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, a full 1/3 of Americans cannot name all three branches of the United States Government. This is a disturbing trend that can lead to a significant amount of America’s not participating in making the country the best place it can be.
It can easily be said that any important group or organization, it is only as good as the people who are involved in it. The United States is so much larger and more vital than any group or organization and the positive effects of a good government can help the country and the whole world.
The new Edward Kennedy Institute for The United States Senate offers a full-scale representation of the U.S. Senate chamber within its walls. It is designed to allow middle school, high school, and college students the ability to use modern technology to enhance their learning process of politics. At the center, students get the exciting and challenging ability to take on the simulated role of senators. The students can mock draft, debate and vote on historic legislation of modern issues such as civil rights and immigration.