What is Citizenship Education?
Citizenship education is part of the hidden curriculum. Here, you focus on teaching students to be good citizens. You teach them about voting, honesty, compassion, responsibilities, being part of the community and other aspects that create good citizens.
Examples of Citizenship Education In My Own Life
Growing up in a small town, volunteering was how a lot of things had been run in the town. We talked about all the volunteering that could be done for the community during our classes, to which most of our classes had a portion for marks that we had to complete through volunteering. Physical Education, Health, Art, and sometimes English Language Arts were the classes were this was talked about most. Through reading stories, assignments, and lectures, we were taught about what it took to be a good citizen. We would often go to one of the three senior citizens homes at least once a week. Here we would devote an hour of our days to doing crafts, playing games, and doing other activities with the seniors, although this was not implemented until my grade 11 and 12 year.
Types of Citizenship Mentioned In The Article
The article talked of three different types of citizens. The first being a personally-responsible citizen. This type of citizen fulfills their social and civiv responsibilities, which is things such as paying taxes, voting, and helping those in need. They possess desirable qualities, such as compassion and honesty, and have a common vision of citizenship being promoted in schools through community service projects and volunteerism. To connect to my personal experience, I would say that my community would be focused on this type of citizen. The second type of citizen is the participatory citizen. This type of citizen has knowledge of strategic and skills for public engagement and actions, which would include; decision making, problem solving, etc. These types of citizens are also very active in the community and community organizations (such as being on the SRC in school). The last type of citizen is the justice-oriented citizen. This citizen questions the root causes of social problems and work towards equality. They believe that citizen action leads to social change.
What Has Been Made Impossible In Regards To Citizenship Because of This Approach To The Curriculum
I believe that because of this approach to the curriculum some important teachings are being left out. Topics such as culture, being able to critically think and analyze, and other part of the hidden curriculum that are missed because of this approach. However, I still believe that teaching students to be good citizens is also an important aspect that should be taught as well.
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