These essays do what our schools fail to do.
They teach civics properly.
It's not your boring high school civics class.
Pat uses current events and the U.S. Constitution to explain what's happening, and why.
With these tools, you can better understand current events,
be an informed voter, and influence your government officials.
You can help make the world be what you want it to be.
America will work for you
when you know how to make it work.
American politics are in turmoil because most Americans don't understand how their government works.
Those who understand how government
works know how to influence it.
Through Community Matters, I use the U.S. Constitution and current events to teach American government – civics.
I don't report the news. I explain it.
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The same old issues keep re-appearing on our political landscape.
This is an update on a recurring issue.
Defective Teaching Methods Produce American Political Ignorance
What’s wrong with our civics education and how to fix it.
Civics courses are supposed to teach how our government works in real life. Americans' anger at government has been growing for 30 years. We've seen griping, grumbling, ranting, and raving about government's size and its role in our lives. False information causes much of the noise. Civil, healthy debate is valuable, but it's impossible when the participants are uneducated.
Patricia A. O'Malley
Social Policy & Programs Consulting ~ Community Matters
P.O. Box 97803 ~ Pittsburgh, PA 15227 ~ 412-310-4886 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright Patricia A. O'Malley ~ All rights reserved
I've been writing Community Matters since 2008.
Here are my most recent articles.
Contact Your Legislators
Our schools are supposed to teach this stuff, but they don't want you to know it.
How many of those irritating “Make Congress do what we want. Sign our petition today” messages did you get in your email today? How many have you e-signed? They’re popular, but they’re the least effective way to get your representatives’ attention. What’s the best way?
Out of the Park
Abolish the NRA, not the Second Amendment
On Saturday, I joined 30,000 people in the local March for Our Lives in downtown Pittsburgh. I’ve been participating in demonstrations for nearly 40 years. This was one of the biggest, most moving, most powerful of all. It was certainly the biggest in Pittsburgh.
Term Limits, Gerrymandering, and Campaign Finance Reform
Advocates use the wrong
Congressional term limits, gerrymandering, and campaign finance reform dominate and polarize political conversation. We can resolve all three. And it’s not as difficult as you may think.
Political Ignorance Breeds Political Impotence.
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