American citizens enjoy many rights and freedoms, but they also have a responsibility to be active in local, state, and federal issues. At a minimum, every eligible person should vote in every election. Ideally, Americans of all ages would also become involved in causes they are passionate about. Some believe that civics education can only come through experience.
Although Americans’ knowledge of the operations of their government remains low, improvements in the last 4 years suggest that active engagement brings measurable gains. Clearly, Americans need to be taught foundational civics concepts, but combining education with action is needed to help Americans become more responsible citizens. This article offers insight into the current state of civic knowledge and resources that can help promote civic engagement.
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