Em got involved in Youth In Government this year, which is an organization that walks them through the process of creating a bill and passing it into law. It's great because while we talk about such things in the classroom, the actual process is a slow one--bogged down by personalities, lobbyists, and show-boatin' politicians. It was a great experience for them to see first-hand how it works.....or not.
800 high school students/faux legislators transcended upon the state capitol this past weekend to roll up their sleeves and put some bills into action. We went along too--1) to see Emma in action and 2) to see the Capitol building in Springfield, IL, which is LOVELY.
And being that the State of Illinois currently has two former Governors in prison as of last week, I think these kids were probably doing a better job than most of these goofs we elect.