How exciting is this: According to a 2/14/17 New York Times article, civics is the new teen obsession for middle and high school students across the United States.
Teachers and principals report that, with Trump in the White House, students are "showing a level of civic engagement they have not seen in years." Talk of Trump's executive order on immigration, for example, has replaced chatter about Beyonce or "somebody's new sneakers." I-phones are being used to follow up-to-the-minute news on cabinet posts and other political developments so students can keep up with lunchtime discussions in the cafeteria.
NYC English teacher Emily Kaczmarek explains: Students are "wak(ing) up to their citizenship, to the fact that citizenship is not passive, or shouldn't be."