Becoming involved in and understanding the political process is an essential duty of every American citizen. If properly formed, our moral consciences help us participate in government without denying our Catholic faith. Students should not wait until they are of voting age before forming their moral consciences. Nor should they wait to become involved in the politics and government of our country.
Learning solely through a textbook how American government works is not enough to form concerned citizens. We need to teach students to be proactive, even before they reach the voting age.
Here are five ways students can involve themselves with local, state, and federal governments:
All of these opportunities are an excellent way to show students what they can do to be involved in the political process of our country. Fostering an interest in politics isn’t difficult. Each one of these political activism opportunities is a great way to spark conversations about what it means to be a good leader and what role we play as citizens of our great nation.
Would you like your students to learn more about being pro-life citizens? Get Pro-Life Citizenship, a two day lesson for your students from our online store. In this lesson packet, students learn about how Christian voters need to form their consciences before election day so that they can make moral decisions at the polling place. This lesson is recommended for high school, but can also be adapted for use in 7th and 8th grade.
Mary Kizior is a content developer for American Life League’s Culture of Life Studies Program, which stresses the culture of life as an integral part of every academic discipline. CLSP is dedicated to building a culture of life and helping students become effective communicators of the pro-life message.