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Political literacy

  1. 1. Political Literacy Presented by Jennifer Meltzer 2/18/09
  2. 2. What is political literacy? <ul><li>being politically aware and effective </li></ul><ul><li>It is about having the ability to read about issues and events from a political perspective. </li></ul><ul><li>This means using the ideas, language, forms of thought, and arguments which citizens use when dealing with a public issue. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Other types or ideas? <ul><li>Historically, there has been a connection between: </li></ul><ul><li>military service and citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>communal obligation </li></ul>
  4. 4. What does being an LMS in the 21 st century mean regarding political literacy? <ul><li>We need to be aware that political literacy is on the decline. </li></ul><ul><li>MacFarlane believes that this trend of political apathy stems from a distrust or lack of faith in political institutions. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Additional facts/ implications: <ul><li>It is also said to stem from a currently large gap between the public and private domains of society. </li></ul><ul><li>Political literacy is crucial for every citizen, not just politicians, since the goings-on in politics has a direct effect on everybody. </li></ul>
  6. 6. How do we solve the problem? <ul><li>organizations have been established whose main goal is to combat political illiteracy, such the Council on Civil Society. </li></ul><ul><li>Support social studies curriculum. (Ex. HSA review guides, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Newspapers, journals, other periodicals should be kept current and organized </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.recovery.gov/ </li></ul>
  7. 7. Reference: <ul><li>Macfarlane, B. (2005, October). The Disengaged Academic: the Retreat from Citizenship. Higher Education Quarterly , 59 (4), 296-312. Retrieved February 17, 2009, doi:10.1111/j.1468-2273.2005.00299.x </li></ul>

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