Four high school civics classes are getting ready for project based learning to benefit the community.
The 10 week Civic Action Project involves civic service in a local community. Students identify a project to work on, and take “civic actions” to make an impact.
“They’re learning structure of government, and instead of memorizing and regurgitating standard stuff, they are going out and practicing it, and actually doing something,” said civics teacher Eric OConnor. “Students get some flexibility and they take on a project that’s a passion of theirs, which increases internal motivation.”
The goal is for students to understand that each individual can make a difference.
“Participating in government is not just casually voting every two or four years. Government affects your life every day and I want them (the students) to be aware that there are a lot of different ways you can interact with government to help people,” OConnor said.