"The very success of democracy depends upon the knowledge and skills of its citizens."
Room 2B HIVE
Citizens pollinating our future with civic understanding.
Unit 3 - CIVIL LIBERTIES AND CIVIL RIGHTS
Bill of Rights
In My Shoes:
Role Playing American Government and Politics
Oprah said it succinctly, “Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.” This is not new. Women’s Rights advocate, suffragette and poet Mary T. Lathrap wrote in 1895:
Just walk a mile in his moccasins
Before you abuse, criticize and accuse.
If just for one hour, you could find a way
To see through his eyes, instead of your own muse.
In each of our five (5) units of study in American Government and Politics you will be invited to connect with relevant players. To better understand government and politics, walk in the shoes of those who have and continue to shape our government and politics. The end result will not only improve our understanding; provide practice of essential skills; but also inspire and empower our own civic engagement. Welcome. Get ready to “take the time to walk a mile in [their] moccasins.”
1. What is the funny?
2. If the president's duty is to "enforce the law," doesn't he decide what the law means?
3. Investigate how "law and order" has been used as a wedge issue in American politics.
1. What is the funny?
2. How does this cartoon suggest that only systemic changes can solve our political problems?
3. Create a list of systemic changes that might improve our politics.
In The News
Innocence is Irrelevant
by Emily Yoffe
It had been a long night for Shanta Sweatt. After working a 16-hour shift cleaning the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, in Nashville, and then catching the 11:15 bus to her apartment, she just wanted to take a shower and go to sleep. Instead, she wound up having a fight with the man she refers to as her "so-called boyfriend." He was a high-school classmate who had recently ended up on the street, so Sweatt had let him move in, under the proviso that he not do drugs in the apartment. Sweatt has a soft spot for people in trouble. Over the years, she
What do terms like systemic racism...mean?
by Halimah Abdullah
Systemic racism. White privilege. Institutional racism. Microaggression. White fragility. As protesters decry and demand deeply entrenched forms of racism be rooted out, the phrases commonly heard in the parlance of a grassroots movement gone global have become part of the mainstream dialogue.
But what do those terms mean?