Teaching Civics in the Time of Trump

by PANYIN CONDUAH – Many Americans are still going through a whirlwind of emotions as they process November’s election results and the dawning of Donald Trump’s presidency. Although, by the time the official tally is finished, Trump will likely have lost the popular vote by 2 full percentage points, the Electoral College will place him in the Oval Office when a joint session of Congress formally counts the votes in January. Many feel hopeless when it comes to the future of America and criticize the outcome as the result of a broken system. But while Trump may have won the big seat in the Oval Office, officials in other branches of government at the federal, state and local levels have the power to stand up to Trump’s agenda. For American voters to effectively push these levers of power, however, they’re going to have to understand how government works. Studies show that...

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Poll: 1/3 Of Americans Can’t Even Name One Branch Of The Government (VIDEO)

by DeWyn  – Some of us are old enough to remember the public service announcements during Saturday cartoons called Schoolhouse Rock. Schoolhouse Rock gave grade schoolers mini civics lessons accompanied by catchy music. Unfortunately, it seems, a lot of kids took those Schoolhouse Rock breaks to refill their cereal bowls and the show eventually went to the same sentimental place as civics classes in school. Our country’s ignorance of how our government works shows. A poll found that a full third of Americans can’t even name the three branches of government. The poll, from the Annenberg Public Policy Center in conjunction with the Civics Renewal Network, found that: While little more than a third of respondents (36 percent) could name all three branches of the U.S. government, just as many (35 percent) could not name a single one. Just over a quarter of Americans (27 percent) know that it takes a...

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