BOSTON (WWLP) – Do you know your civil and political rights as a citizen- such as how to petition to the government? If you could use some brushing-up, you’re not alone. Less than one third of adults can name the three branches of government, according to a national survey.
Lawmakers hope to better educate the public on these topics by requiring students take civics courses before graduation.
Sen. Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow) filed a bill to promote civics education and media literacy in Massachusetts schools.
“When citizens don’t know their rights, citizens don’t know what’s at stake, citizens don’t know how to make a difference in the political process, it leads to cynicism and it leads to frustration,” Lesser said.
If passed, the bill would require elementary and high schools students to have a civics project, such as proposing legislation on community issues or testifying at a public hearing.