Today’s students are the local leaders of tomorrow. Educating students about the role and importance of local government is essential in inspiring future public servants. Sharing lessons about the value and services that townships offer—from fire and police protection to elections, from local libraries to area parks—can instill in students a greater understanding and appreciation of the local government that impacts their daily lives, and cultivate greater civic pride and engagement. Below are some tools for you to take into the classroom!
Title: Let’s Reuse
Theme: Applying the universal purposes of government to all levels (local, state, national) to illustrate that the local level of government can be the most effective because it is the most personal and clearly tied to the people for which it serves.
Theme: The application of a current event and the government’s role at each level (local, state, national) to illustrate one of the purposes of government—the promotion of the common good.
Title: Get Involved!
Theme: What roles do citizens play in local government
MCF Benchmark: Explain why people may agree on democratic values in the abstract but disagree when they are applied to specific situations.
Title: The Law in Your Community
Theme: What kinds of ordinances are made at the local level
MCF Benchmark: Evaluate how effectively the federal government is serving the purposes for which it was created.