active citizenship

What is a good citizen and how do you create one?

Harvard University's Graduate School of Education recently hosted a forum through their #Askwith series titled, "What is a good citizen and how do you create one?" The forum explored the themes of citizenship, civic engagement and diversity, not only within the United States but on a global level as well. It featured three distinguished panelists: Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Director of CIRCLE (Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement), Callie Crossley, radio and tv host for WGBH, and Michelle Fine, distinguished professer at the City University of New York.

As the panelists navigated these topics, they raised a number of interesting questions that have us asking ourselves, "How can I be a more engaged citizen? What can I do to give back to my community?" Kei offered what she considers the tools for good citizenship:

- Radical skepticism

- Appetite for different perspectives and alternative explanationsRead more

15 Ways Parents Can Encourage Active Citizenship

As the Dad of an 8 year-old, I certainly appreciate that there's a lot parents need to teach. We know parents play a key role in supporting our children's educational success, emotional development and much more. As we approach Mother's Day and Father's Day, we are celebrating the vital role parents play in developing the next generation of citizens. For instance, studies have shown that taking children to the polls increases the chance they will become voters as adults, and engaging in discussions of current affairs at the dinner table increases the likelihood that children will become politically active.

In our current spring campaign, we are providing donors a chance to recognize the important role a parent has played in teaching active citizenship. In addition, we'd like to share some ideas as to how parents can encourage active citizenship with their children. Thanks to my colleague, Karen Rice, for many of these ideas below.

15 family activities to encourage active citizenshipRead more

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