It’s important for parents and schools to teach children how to be good citizens and what that means. Parents’ political affiliation doesn’t matter, because good citizenship can be taught to
children of any background.
Teaching Citizenship in School
Although it isn’t the only place children can learn to be good citizens, school is where they spend most of their time throughout the year. Teachers can teach children good citizenship skills without mentioning politics or a political affiliation. In fact, it’s important for teachers to refrain from mentioning those affiliations; it’s up to children’s parents whether they wish to teach their children about political parties and which one they support.
Good citizenship includes obeying laws made by the government, but it is much more that. Being a good citizen is also about behaving in such a manner that is socially and morally acceptable to most people. For small children, this may mean crossing the street using crosswalks. For older kids, this could mean not taking things that don’t belong to them.
The best way parents can get involved in teaching their children good citizenship is to model the expected behavior.
How Parents Can Teach Citizenship
belongs rather than littering, treating strangers with respect, or taking their children with them when they vote. Children like to model their parents’ behavior, so if they see their parents acting as good citizens, they’ll want to follow suit.
Schools can teach children the basic tenets of citizenship, such as the names of the states and their capitals, about the different branches of government, and other academic topics regarding citizenship in the United States.
Becoming involved in the community is another good way for parents to teach their children good citizenship. Whether it’s volunteering with a political party, a civic organization, or at their child’s school, parents can show their children how participating in the community makes for good citizens. Parents can talk about their involvement with their children, show them how it’s making a difference in the community, and take their children to events when possible.