The national requirement for all colleges and universities to mandate a core US government and political class would greatly benefit society as a whole. Any student could be the next potential president of the United States, congressman, senator, governor or mayor. Colleges must provide bipartisan courses for students to learn and form credible political views.
Aside from basic world and national history classes, many students across the country are required to do independent research on modern politics, unless they choose to take a U.S. government course.
The 2016 U.S. Census report found that “only nine states require a full-year civic education course, while 10 states do not have compulsory civic education, according to the Raider’s voice.
Without a requirement to take courses focused on U.S. government and political structure for those seeking to run for office, voters must potentially elect officials with minimal credibility.
Without understanding their constitutional rights and civic duties as citizens, individuals are deprived of the benefits of living in the democracy of the United States. In such a country that promotes freedom and the rights of its citizens, ignoring these rights will only hinder the advancement of society.
In reality, The National Woodrow Wilson Foundation found that many Americans lack knowledge about constitutional amendments.
“When asked a multiple choice question about the First Amendment, 25% of Americans were unaware that free speech was guaranteed by the First Amendment. Others identified the right to “bear arms” (11%) and “no one should be deprived of their life, liberty or property” (8%), when in fact these are in the second and fourteenth amendments, respectively ”, according to the National Woodrow Wilson Foundation.
At the age of 18, American citizens have the right to vote in elections. At this age, most students are finishing their final year of high school or entering college, and many are unfamiliar with their country’s history and how the American political system works.
A study conducted by the Pew Research Center found that about 53% of American adults “report receiving news from social media ‘often’ or ‘sometimes’, and this usage is spread across a number of different sites.”
While social media is a quick and easy way to learn about current events, many platforms project personal opinions instead of allowing readers to form their opinion on a topic.
Students should learn about their civic and civil rights, as well as the US government and political structure in the most bipartisan way possible.
By having bipartisan teachers and professors, students would get an apolitical education without being tainted by the political views of others.
With a nationwide mandate in colleges and universities for students to take at least a foundational course in U.S. government and politics, everyone can rest assured that future leaders and current citizens will have at least some knowledge of the history of the country and the current political structure.