In addition to supporting student-led movements for change, I believe it's important that teachers do everything they can in the classroom to help young people become informed, active and engaged citizens.
First off, this isn't intended to be a partisan political post. I really am trying to approach this from a history/social science angle. The topic I'm addressing is already being vigorously discussed in social media, at home, in the hallways, and in the classroom. I'm writing with the hope of helping to ground the discussion in American history.
Reading the New York Times' story on Gabe Fleisher made my weekend. The St. Louis 15-year-old, who publishes the daily political newsletter "Wake Up to Politics", has rekindled my hope that teachers and parents can spark an interest in politics in kids and provide the kind of Civics education required to help them become informed, engaged, and active citizens who are ready to vote the day they turn 18.