Why do your children have any idea why the US government left?
Do you know why voting is important during an election?
Most New Jersey students do not, because they have never been asked to take citizenship education, but that will change soon.
A new law has been enacted in the state to force middle school students to take a course in government or civics from next year.
State Sen. Shirley Turner, D-Merser, the state’s chief sponsor, said: “It is important to look for such an education in schools because” our young people do not understand the impact of the government on their lives. “
He said they will have a better understanding of the need to participate in civic education and how the government works.
Turner says that these days a lot of kids are completely fine with playing video games and going to social media sites.
“They have to learn how to run elections and what a democratic process is,” he said.
In this civic education, they will see for themselves how the democratic process works, and they will be able to engage their peers in healthy debates.
He said the process not only promotes narrow-mindedness but also encourages negotiation and the development of solutions.
Turner’s lack of understanding of civics has long been a problem, but the January riots in the US capital were sparked.
“Many people do not understand how the government works. 26% of the people in this country can name the three branches of government,” he said.
She said understanding the government’s actions would help people appreciate what this people mean.
“We now have a big division in this country and we need to connect that division so that everyone understands each other better,” Turner said.
She emphasized critical thinking, and the distinction between fact and innovation is important in a democracy, and asking young people for civic education will help them prepare for this.
She said that in the recent elections, any age group has a lower voter turnout than 18- to 24-year-olds.
Laura Woton’s Citizenship Code was signed last month by Governor Phil Murphy to honor Voton, the longest-serving election official in government history, who died two years ago.
The New Jersey Civic Education Center at Rogers University would like to develop a curriculum and guidelines for the course.
You can contact reporter David Matan at David.Matthau@townsquaremedia.com.
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