Here’s a Checklist for You.
First Responders For Democracy advocates civic literacy for all Americans. How do you know if you are civically literate? Here is a checklist. Give yourself a check for each one that describes you.
- You are registered to vote and actually vote.
- You know basic American history.
- You can name the branches of American government and describe how they are related to each other.
- You can define liberty and equality and how they affect each other.
- You have a good grasp on the relative role of the Individual and the political system.
- You understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizen participation in a democracy.
- You can compare American political institutions to those of at least three different foreign governments.
- You understand the government role in the economy.
- You know what to do to influence public policy.
- You have a basic understanding of international geography, politics and interdependence.
- You understand what causes political change and its consequences.
- You are a critical political thinker who uses basic logic, can distinguish facts from values and are media-savvy.
- You follow current events most of the time
- You can name all three of your elected federal representatives, your governor and at least two local elected officials.
So how did you do? If you got 5 or under checks, you need review. If you got between 6 and ten, you’re a good citizen. If you got more than 10, you deserve an advanced degree in political science.