A High School Teacher Explains Government Gridlock

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Under ordinary circumstances, it can be hard to get young people engaged in politics. But when the political system seems broken, does the job become even harder? For the fourth installment in our series, "Frustration Nation," we turn to a high school civics teacher and two students to hear how the turmoil in Washington plays out in the classroom.

Alan Brodman has been teaching civics and government courses for 18 years at East Brunswick High School in New Jersey. We also speak with Ameena Green, a high school junior at Detroit School of Arts, and Michael Head, a senior at North Hall High School in Gainesville, Georgia.

 

Read Alan Brodman's blog posting here.

Guests:

Alan Brodman, Ameena Green and Michael Head

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

Comments [2]

Billy Vaughn from Gainesvegas

I feel the need for more of a say-so from Meehaw. He's got the answers this country needs to hear.

Dec. 16 2010 08:51 PM
Hillary Brizell-DeLise from Manhattan

I wish the civics teacher had said that students should be activist citizens by writing letters and emailing, calling, visiting, elected representatives often to express their views and frustrations.
Once they do, preferably even in groups, they will see how legislators stand up and pay attention.
So much of the time they hear from very few and they operate without criticism or comment or they hear banal, petty concerns to which they become inured.
Citizen action does work and I would like to see students learn more about this.
This is the kind of thing that brought the greatest changes in civil rights, abortion rights, workers' rights, and so much more. Students should be encouraged to speak out and find out that they can really make a difference as they saw during Obama's campaign.

Feb. 25 2010 09:47 AM

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