Political literacy is about helping all youngsters become more politically effective and aware. Besides, it’s also about their ability to read different events and issues politically. This means that people need to use available forms of thought, languages, arguments, and ideas when dealing with public issues. Political literacy should be more focused on the development of specific political ideas than just promoting the knowledge of existing political institutions. The latter ones are needed only when enough interest is in politics is already present. Besides, there are some basic questions to answer when studying this subject.
What ideas are political? Any issue is political if it’s a matter of public policies and in the public domain. So, all kinds of laws, rules, issues about responsibilities and rights, and others are political for different purposes. How are they shaped? Kids start being interested in political ideas at their early age, but only in their conceptual sense. In many ways, such matters as the distribution of different social goods and the fairness of existing rules are no different from the one children wrestle with adults, and they involve the same type of thinking and elements.
That’s why political literacy is an important subject that should be seen as the one that starts in early ages. People should be familiar with the concept that a range of democratic habits and behaviors can be easily nurtured at primary schools. In the same way, people can help kids get a clearer understanding of how to evaluate and identify the important matters of fairness, rights, responsibility, equality, justice, and many others.
How is it possible to encourage a deeper, more critical, and reflective thinking about existing political concepts? This type of thinking happens spontaneously when specific events happen to spark off ideas. The good news is that even preschoolers are observed pursuing important passages of intellectual searches. At school, this thinking style can be developed and encouraged on a systematic basis by carefully choosing the main matters to talk about or via reading relevant stories together. These simple and effective methods raise important citizenship matters for children’s shared analysis. Finally, they should learn how to respect existing differences in values, beliefs, opinions, and so on.
Political literacy is about helping all youngsters become more politically effective and aware. Besides, it’s also about their ability to read different events and issues politically. This means that people need to use available forms of thought, languages, arguments, and ideas when dealing with public issues.