Survey after survey shows younger Americans are falling behind when it comes to civics, constitutional rights and more. There are efforts underway to reintroduce much of this curriculum to American classrooms.
The American Legion Magazine will publish an article on the importance of civics in their upcoming edition. They will also publish a story about the importance of personal fitness and what the Legion is doing to increase awareness of fitness. The American Legion Magazine Managing Editor Matt Grills joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss this and more.
Reintroducing civics to America’s classrooms
Grills said that somewhere along the way, civics was limited in the curriculum of public schools. After the Cold War ended, a technology boom ushered in an increase in science, technology, engineering and mathematics centered curriculum.
He said this is dangerous because many young Americans have no concept of governmental structure, constitutional rights and more.
There are now groups in the U.S. working to educate districts about the importance of civics in public education and how they can adjust their curriculum to better serve their students.
Increasing physical activity with a purpose
Later, Grills discussed a second article, which deals with the increased rate of obesity in American youths and how it is affecting our nation’s institutions. He even went as far to say obesity is a national security threat.
The statistic Grills used to prove the national security threat remark claims that 35.4 percent of Americans age two through 19 are overweight or obese. While there is no weight requirement for enlisting, some argue it will become a waste of money to train potential soldiers who will not be able to complete training.
Lastly, Grills talked about the American Legion’s 100 Miles for Hope event. It runs from August until Veterans Day and encourages participants to cover 100 miles with some form of exercise. While you can participate on your own, you can register here.