5 ways to stay politically involved
To really make change, don’t just vote: stay involved between presidential elections. We serve up five ways your students can do that — and you can, too!
For too many of us, political involvement ends with the last election. It shouldn’t! Whatever you believe, teaching politics in the classroom should include showing students their own opportunities to improve and strengthen our country.
The truth is plenty of “baby steps” are involved in making any big change. Help your students take those steps. If every student understood their own potential for impact, can you imagine how much this nation could accomplish?
Here are five (arguably) small, non-partisan or cross-partisan ways your students can build their political momentum long after Election Day!
4. Watch and read
Too many people believe they’re entitled to opinions without first learning the facts! Help your students understand that facts, not feelings, should inform their vote. Remind students to stay away from overheated campaign rhetoric until they’ve gathered some facts and context — for example, by watching historical documentaries or C-SPAN, or reading publicly-available policy documents. Did you know the text and audio transcripts of all bills since 1993 are available online? You don’t need to be a Constitutional scholar to educate yourself on the issues that matter to you.