Having taught for many years (one in 7th grade, some four in high school, then 32 at the university level) and raised a family of my own, several lessons about what makes good citizens began to be apparent. In this series I will share with you what I’ve found in talking about citizenship with students, and how “good citizens” must understand more than just how many senators each state has or how long a president’s term is.
Among other things, I found that a fundamental understanding of basic economics—especially the essentials of capitalism (NOT what is often taught as what capitalism is)—the real reasons we have an Electoral College, what money really is, and so on.
In other words, a combination of civics, economics, and, of course, history. Enjoy our journey toward creating great citizens.