Right now it’s far too easy for Americans to generalize about people in another state or region or walk of life. If we have each high school graduate spend time with a diverse set of graduates in different parts of the country, they would forever form a different, deeper and broader understanding of what it means to be an American. It would improve our culture and politics immeasurably over time. Plus, every 18-year old would love a road trip.
Problems to be Solved
- Americans are increasingly divided, lacking empathy for fellow citizens with whom they disagree
- It’s become easier for us to retreat into our bubbles and view fellow citizens as “the other” or “the enemy”
- Most people don’t experience the variety of culture that is on offer throughout America
- Political polarization is at an all-time high which is making it very difficult to form a consensus on solutions or common goals.
As President, I will…
- Initiate the American Exchange Program as part of our public education system, to foster civic engagement while introducing young Americans to fellow citizens they would otherwise not have an opportunity to meet.
- Prior to receiving their Universal Basic Income, high school graduates would embark on a multi-regional exchange program to different regions and communities. Civic education would be included in the programming so that each person has a higher sense of citizenship. This program would last for at least six weeks to allow for students to become sufficiently immersed in the new location.