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“Wake Up
story from the beginning and it is an icivics.com to help young students
interesting story to watch.” learn about democracy. Fleisher
Q:  Will Special Counsel Robert speculated that perhaps low Millennial

To Politics”
Mueller interview President Trump? voter turnout could be attributed to the
A: “I think he (Mueller) wants to lackluster teaching of civics in schools
interview President Trump and that he and just not enough exposure for soon-
could, but I don’t think it will happen to-be voters.
from page 1 soon.”
Q: What will you be writing about in
So, how to get kids involved and
interested in politics?
the future? “Make it less confusing. Less
he explained during his presentation. A: “Independent candidates is the polarizing,” he said. “Arm young people
“My mom was the first subscriber new story. I have faith and optimism in with facts.
because she was off to work and said, our institutions.” “Young people talk about politics
‘email it to me.’ From there it just grew Q: Do you ever get tired of writing differently than adults,” he added.
and grew. I love that readers span age the newsletter? “They are more civil. A lot of young
ranges. Gabe Fleisher at the podium Feb. 4 at A: “I love doing this. It’s an honor people are engaged in politics.”
“There’s lots of opportunity now for University City Public Library. to be engaged in democracy and Fleisher has already packed a lot of
discussion compared to the previous | photo by Diana Linsley write about the underlying aspects of politics into his young life. It’s good to
administration,” he said with a chuckle. politics.” know he still has some things on his to-
“I particularly like that teachers use the and top stories, Fleisher writes the It’s easy to forget that this young do list.
newsletter — it means so much. outline of the in-depth summary for man is on the cusp of his future. He is “One of my journalistic role models
“The newsletter’s aim is to sift “Wake Up To Politics” the night before wise beyond his years. is Maggie Haberman at The New York
through sources, to summarize, to it publishes. But he has already learned Times. I would love to meet her if given
focus on what is true and what’s that newsletters can take a different Revamping Civics Class the opportunity,” he said.
important, and to clear up confusion,” trajectory based on what happens When a homeschool parent thanked The political prodigy provided
he said. “I’ve been doing it so long now, overnight. Rising at 6 a.m., he edits and him for his effort with “Wake Up To a reading list: “What It Takes,” by
it’s easy to do — to remain neutral.” publishes before school. The only time Politics” and told Fleisher she used the Richard Ben Cramer; “Mr. President,”
Fleisher is still discerning which he misses publishing “Wake Up To newsletter as the basis of her civics by Ray Raphael; and anything his mom
university he will attend and even Politics” is when he attends summer curriculum with her son, he admitted is reading. He’s particularly interested
what type of degree he will pursue, camp. that he wasn’t taught that much in his in The Centrist Project, an online
but he concedes that it will likely be in own civics classes and he thanked her. grassroots effort to find political middle
Washington, D.C. Charming & Self-Deprecating “This is a big responsibility for ground.
Fleisher sifts through the sources After his presentation, Fleisher me,” he said. “It would be great if “I’ll be writing about that soon,” he
that he cites in the newsletter to fielded questions like a seasoned the teaching of civics in schools was said.
summarize what is true, what’s professional. revamped. Make it into easy lessons. And his final observation is this:
important and to clear up confusion. Q: Explain your take on the term Give students some base level of “What scares me currently is attacks
“I want to provide facts in the most “fake news.” knowledge and exposure.” on fellow journalists, but what excites
non-partisan way so that readers can A: “I don’t like the term.” He went on to mention his me is seeing how my generation relates
form their own opinion,” he said. Q: What do you think about the admiration for former Supreme Court to politics,” he said. “There will be
The process works for him. coverage of the FISA memo story? Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who change for the better.”
Based on the day’s political activity A: “Russia has been a relevant upon retirement founded the website

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