The U.S needs a nationwide CITIZENSHIP Campaign to promote more responsible citizenship. Our country needs to reinforce and focus on our greatness, and to enhance America's respect, understanding and participation in the changes that must occur for us to regain our power.
This affirmative message of hope for our country will certainly generate positive media exposure for those involved. Initiating such a movement in our country will encourage our citizens to remember our country's core values and ignite their desire to help play a role in getting our country back on track.
In the year of 2017, our country will celebrate the 230th anniversary of its Constitution. Our goal between now and then, is to have all 50 states become actively involved and to join us in this nationwide campaign.
The Campaign will utilize the book, CITIZENSHIP: What Every American Needs to Know. The book, published by StarGroup International, has just received a national 2014 INDIE BOOK AWARD in the category of Education/Academic.
States and corporations throughout the country are asked to contact us to see how they can become a part of this effort.
• In February 2011, Newsweek gave 1,000 American’s the U.S. Citizenship Test and 38% failed.
• 81% of college seniors are at a D or F grade level in U.S. History.
• 83% failed a recent basic test on the American Revolution.
• Fewer than half of American 8th graders knew the purpose of the Bill of Rights.
To address the growing concern that a high percentage of American citizens do not know enough about American history or government, StarGroup International has created a compact, informative, easy-to-read book of America; its history, its government and how it works. This book is a powerful interactive experience, testing oneself on citizenship, and appreciating the accomplishments of our founding fathers.
Positive endorsements are coming in from across the country from VIPs and Secretaries of State.
David Smith, former Executive Director of the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), responded by saying, CITIZENSHIP is the go-to civics handbook, highlighting important aspects of American society while keeping the content short and simple. It's a very easy read that should be found on every American bookshelf or coffee table.
I hope that you will join us in our efforts to bring awareness to this much needed information, to encourage more responsible citizenship and involvement for the future of our country.
The distribution plan is to customize books to be used as a branding tool for corporations, law firms, banks, foundations, etc. Books can be customized for each state and/or underwriter, including specific dates, elected officials, state laws, etc.
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2. You've gotten a lot of great reviews on your new book. What do you hope to accomplish with the release of this book?
An immediate, dramatic turnaround is required of American citizens.
My goal is to energize our citizens, from nine to ninety, to take responsibility; to become more informed, more educated, and to become more involved with the changes that must be made for the reshaping of the United States.
A few chapters in the book include two civics test (with answers), an American history timeline, an overview of how government works, important historical documents, inspiring stories, information on volunteering, service-learning, the armed forces and much more. We also included other resources and organizations who are involved in civics education in some way.
3. Your book covers an impressive amount of information on civics. In your opinion, what is the most important civic lesson to take away?
The beauty and the simplicity of our founding documents amaze me every time I read them. How did we get so far away from these basics? Maybe, The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and The Bill of Rights should be “news” again.
The Declaration of Independence is our country’s most cherished symbol of liberty. The Constitution sets up the structure of the U.S. Government into three branches and lists all the powers of government. The Bill of Rights is the collective name for the first ten amendments of the United States Constitution, which limit the power of the U.S. federal government.
Pretty basic stuff...
4. Was there anything you found particularly surprising or interesting when you were in the process of compiling and editing 'Citizenship'?
If the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 marks the beginning of our country as we know it, we need to realize that we are less than 250 years old. Literally, in our great-great (and maybe another “great”) grandparents lifetimes, our country was taking shape.
We need to remember that we are a young country with a rich heritage. That we are in the process of learning some of the things that “do not” work. We need to realize that we’re having growing pains. We need to acknowledge that the United States, whatever its faults, is an exceptional nation. Our challenge is to take responsibility to help keep it that way.
5. How do you plan on getting the book into the hands of our citizens?
The distribution plan has always been to get the book into the hands of like-minded pro-active, patriotic organizations and corporations who already have an audience. This opportunity from NCoC is an example of how this is happening.
Prior to the official release date of July 4th, 2012, the Florida Bar found sponsorship for customized books for attendees to their annual meeting this summer. NECO (National Ethnic Coalition of Organization) distributed custom copies of the book at their Ellis Island Medal of Honor awards ceremony. Other Bar Associations, civic associations, and government and educational officials are requesting that custom books be produced to include information about their organization.
There are many organizations in our country that are doing wonderful work. We hope to join them for our common good.