U.S. Rep. Bill Foster visits Joliet Central High School, encourages civic responsibility
Fifty Joliet Central High School AP and College Prep U.S. History students taught by Mr. Ernest Crim and Mr. Terry Piazza participated in a Q & A discussion with U.S. Representative Bill Foster on January 27.
Bill Foster reached out to Crim's AP and College Prep U.S. History students after they flooded his inbox with emails following an assignment where they noticed conspicuous similarities between the political climate in the 1840s -1850s and the present day.
Although Foster had only scheduled 25 minutes, the Q & A lasted 45 minutes due to the students' high engagement and thought-provoking questions.
Foster discussed how to adapt to economic and technological changes occurring at a fast pace, as well as his views on political matters surrounding the presidency. Recalling an example that stood out from the discussion, Crim said, "Many Americans, especially business owners, worry because everything is so accessible on our phones, which means we aren't as likely to visit the same businesses as in previous decades. How many of us visit our local banks? Many people probably opt to use the banking app because it's more accessible. Through this example during the discussion, our students were encouraged to think about the impact that technology has on our local economy."
While answering student Eric Briceno's question on why he became involved in politics, Foster proudly explained the inspiring role his late father played in Foster's own life and in our nation's history. As a lawyer, Foster's father helped craft the momentous Civil Rights Act of 1964, which is a landmark civil rights and US labor law in the United States that prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
Foster encouraged students to register to vote as soon as they turn 18 and to get involved at a grassroots level. Crim reflected, "Our students had the opportunity to learn about the importance of each individual's involvement, whether it is by running for office or engaging people in conversation about civic responsibility."