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Civics education belongs in all school grades

  • David Alcox



For the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, August 13, 2018 7:58PM

My position will be to encourage civic education for students throughout all grades. Most important, high school students can engage in civics through a program called “We the People.” This civics based program has been in existence since 1987. It is administered by the Center for Civic Education in Calabasas, Calif., and locally by the N.H. Bar Association in Concord, N.H. The We the People program promotes civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s upper elementary and secondary students. The We the People curriculum is an innovative course of instruction on the history and principles of the United States constitutional democratic republic. The program enjoys active support from state bar associations and foundations, and other educational, professional, business, and community organizations across the nation. Since its inception in 1987, more than 30 million students and 75,000 educators have participated in the We the People program.

Milford High School has used the program for the last 20 years and has had a number of students motivated to partake in wonderful careers or paths using this program.

We have had students go into government on the local state and national level. For example one of our senators calls the Milford High “We the People” team her farm team because of the number of students who are now working for her. We also have students who are working as document analysts at the library of Congress, lawyers at the FCC and GLAD, journalists for Washington magazines and lobbyists. There are also a number of my former students who hold local and state government positions. In fact, one is in our New Hampshire House of Representatives and one is currently running for New Hampshire house of representatives.

David earned degrees in political science and teaching. In 2000 he earned the prestigious James Madison Fellowship Award. He was named the N.H. Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Daughters of the American Revolution and again by the N.H. Council for Social Studies. In 2013, he was awarded the National Civics Teacher of the Year by the American Civic Education Teacher Awards and was named Milford, N.H., Citizen of the Year by the Milford Historical Society. In 2016, he received the American Lawyers Auxiliary National Teacher of the Year Award presented at the Yale Club in New York City, N.Y. He has presented at numerous institutes and national and state conferences on topics of civic education and citizenship. While at Milford High School he has led his “We the People” team, a civics class that competes in civic education competitions, to 15 state championships in 20 years.