Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders

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During the end of May, I was proud to join my colleagues in passing a civics education bill to teach Massachusetts students the workings of government, and their civic duties as Americans. Civics classes make a difference, producing young adults with a strong grasp of not only the functions and workings of government, but also their own responsibilities to themselves and their communities.

The bill creates a civics project fund to provide funding for professional development, evaluation, and a civics curriculum. It will be administered by the commissioner for elementary and secondary education who will provide an annual report to the legislature on the fund.

The curriculum will include the function of the branches of government at local, state, and federal levels, civil liberties, the founding documents of America, the responsibility of citizenship, the electoral process and more. It will also provide opportunities for public high school and middle school students to participate in civics projects to put the lessons into practice.

My office has been blessed by the participation and engagement of numerous interns over the years, whose work is the best evidence possible of what happens when we teach civics to the next generation. The success of this legislation will have a lasting, positive effect on Massachusetts, and I am glad to see it move forward.

Preyel Patel