Change Your World
How Can We Influence Political Reform in our Communities?
Activity 1 Research & Discovery

  1. What is the difference between "Political Reform" and "Public Policy?"
  2. Describe the relationship between Political Reform and Public Policy.
  3. Brainstorm a list of questions to research on recent policy changes in education, health care, and employment using the Question Template.
  4. Identify three ways these changes have affected you and your family in a good way, or a bad way.
  5. What changes would you like to make in public policy in regard to education, health care, and employment?
  6. Describe how these changes in public policy would make your life as a student, a consumer of health care, or an employee, better or worse.

There’s a lot to learn in order to be an informed citizen.  It’s our responsibility to learn all that we can. 



Question Template

SOC-4.1.B.1. Identify rights included in the Bill of Rights, including freedoms of religion, speech, press; to assemble peacefully; to petition the government; and to be treated fairly by the government.
Principles and Process of Governance Systems
SOC-4.1.B A general knowledge of how and by whom authoritative decisions are made, enforced and interpreted within these governance systems.
SOC-4.1.B.1. Describe how authoritative decisions are made, enforced and interpreted within the state government.
SOC-4.1.B.2. Identify and explain the functions of the three branches of government in the state government.
Economic Concepts and Principles
SOC-4.1.D Interdependence of households, businesses and governments.
SOC-4.1.D.1. Explain how decisions of households, businesses and governments affect one another.