Munster teacher attends civic leadership training

2013-07-06T19:00:00Z 2013-07-06T21:33:14Z Munster teacher attends civic leadership trainingCarmen McCollum carmen.mccollum@nwi.com, (219) 662-5337 nwitimes.com

MUNSTER | A Munster High School teacher is among 25 teachers across the state who completed training in the curriculum We the People: The Citizen and Constitution.

Each of the social studies/government teachers also received a set of textbooks to educate students about American history, the U.S. Constitution and how these historical principles apply to issues the country is wrestling with today.

Michael Gordon, who is in his 12th year teaching the We the People curriculum at Munster, said about 30 students enroll in his class each year.

"There was a weekend training program in June," Gordon said. "It's a fantastic program and very good for kids. It does a great job of adding civic knowledge and civic disposition, along with tolerance of ideas, critical thinking and informed opinion and analysis."

In addition, it helps high school students grow into informed, engaged citizens, Gordon said.

The We the People program is connected to the federal National Education for Humanities program, which is designed to enhance the understanding of American culture, history and democracy. Since We the People's inception in 1987, more than 30 million students and 90,000 educators have participated in the program.

A couple of years ago, federal funding was cut from the budget for the program. However, the Indiana General Assembly passed an appropriation to the Indiana Bar Foundation to continue the program.

The foundation will receive $300,000 each year for the next two years.

Andrew Homan, director of civic education for the Indiana Bar Foundation, said the state legislature stepped in to support the program. He said the money will be used for textbooks, professional development, transportation and other items needed in the program. Homan said about 6,000 students across Indiana go through the program annually.

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