All of you are right on with your comments!
People don’t get involved because they really don’t understand the importance of what government does and how it affects them. Because they are led to believe it takes no expertise to run government, they are not concerned about who is managing their local agency. In one election I heard people say, “I’m voting for him because he wanted to be mayor since he was a little boy,” or “I think we should give him a chance because he really wants to be mayor, and what can it hurt?” Is this really how we would hire someone to run and manage a $30 million dollar annual business? No business, small or large, hires their managers or CEOs based on those types of reasons. And if we do, we should not be surprised when our communities stagnate or are in disrepair.
If only we could figure out how to instill a sense of community responsibility and knowledge in all of us as citizens. After all these years of pondering this problem, I still come back to thinking it has to be done at the high school level. Or perhaps some build up over time from Jr. High on.
I’ve often wondered if we developed the teaching materials or program, if schools would incorporate them. Or does it have to be a legislative mandate to give this instruction? Not sure.
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