Social Policy & Programs Consulting
Training and Services for agencies working toward social and economic justice
I teach seventh grade civics to adults because
our schools won't do it.
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.
Abolish the blue supremacy cult.
Conscious Americans of conscience struggle to break the malicious forces that occupy our cities and subjugate our citizens. We battle at the dinner table, on the streets, in the media, and in our legislatures. Meanwhile, Americans who have sworn to uphold the Constitution violently assault and kidnap civilians exercising their first amendment rights. America has reached its Rosa Parks moment.
Americans need to learn what our schools refuse to teach.
For the last few weeks, astro-turfed organizations have been staging rallies demanding the end of that all stay-home and social distancing orders. The protestors are white “patriots” – with guns. Since they’re probably not planning to shoot the virus, their real purpose is to threaten and intimidate the rest of us. Apparently, coronavirus is no longer a threat, because we’re bored with it.
Political Ignorance Breeds Political Impotence.