Many students struggle to connect with their social studies classes. Yet the content of these classes permeates the news and daily life. We make some connections using primary and other sources from the internet.
But if we want students to understand their place in the civic scheme, why not have them attend village board meetings? Or park board meetings? Even zoning boards and planning commissions are likely to have their moments. So many towns offer a direct view into the politics. We don’t take enough advantage of outside resources.
I suggest the little nippers check out their local school board meetings.