Two words that you really don’t want to hear in the same sentence:
Minnesota / February
As in, “Hey. I can’t wait to travel to Minnesota in the middle of February.”
But when the two involve the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies annual conference, I’ll risk it. Lots of great people in Minnesota doing some awesome things in the social studies and I am honored to be a part of it. (My session on 3D History is later this afternoon – I’ll post a few details from that preso later this evening.)
I’ll be live blogging throughout the day on some of the cool stuff I’m learning. So be sure to refresh.
Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon
Secretary Simon highlighted the importance of what social studies teachers do every day by sharing examples of how well Minnesota participates in elections
We are voters. We work hard at building civic engagement.
The state is the number one state in voter turnout nine of the last 10 elections because of “laws and culture.” He highlighted the efforts that Minnesota makes to ensure that voter registration is as easy as possible with same day and online voter registration. Simon also discussed how early and absentee voting is encouraged.
The state also works hard to encourage kids to vote. I like how Simon talked about how getting younger kids to participate takes more than just using idealistic arguments such as “it’s good for the country” and “it’s your patriotic duty.” Simon suggests that we need to also encourage younger voters to participate also based on self interest and “to be part of something.” That kids need to be encouraged to vote and participate because it will make their lives, and the lives of people they know, better. So Minnesota uses a massive outreach program into the school system to support this sort of civic engagement.
He shared the saying on a tee shirt: “Choosing not to vote isn’t a sign of rebellion, it’s a sign of surrender.” They work very hard to help kids understand that participating is the smarter choice.
And with the highest rate of voter turnout anywhere in the US, Read more