“I have my rights!” Everyone likes to shout about “rights!” But, what does that mean in a democracy? Does citizenship not carry both rights and responsibilities? The founding fathers recognized that the health of democracy lies with its citizens and their “knowledge, skill and civic virtues.” Yet, most Americans couldn’t even pass the Citizenship test. So what’s gone wrong…and why?
This class will examine the components of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the three branches of government. We will look at civic duties, civic disposition and civil disobedience. And we will compare and contrast the different forms of Government around the world.
Our class project will put democracy into action. Students will debate and vote on 2 topics or issues (such as animal rights, global warming, voting rights etc.) They will design and run a campaign during the school semester. Love of Learning members will vote and choose a winner… right in time for showcase and the looming presidential election.
**This class is being offered in two time slots, it is a single offering and not a two period class, please choose the time that best suits your schedule.