Curriculum as Citizenship

Image of Menti collage made in ECS 210 based on the question “what words come to mind when you think about citizenship?”

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.

Resources Used For This Post

What Kind Of Citizen? The Politics of Educating For Democracy

Joel Westheimer speaks on “What Kind of Citizen?”

Michael Cappello speaks about Citizenship Education

2 thoughts on “Curriculum as Citizenship

  1. Hi,
    I really enjoyed reading your post this week. You highlighted many great areas in this topic. Your last paragraph stood out to me when you said, “However, I still believe that teaching students to be good citizens is also an important aspect that should be taught as well.” I too, believe this as well.

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  2. This is such a well done post! I love how you added the Menti that we created in lecture yesterday, along with all your resources, and I love how organized and professional this looks. I really found your citizenship education interesting, because it was so different from mine. We both went to a small town high school but the topic was brought up so vastly different. I used to volunteer at my heritage home in Lumsden, but volunteering wasn’t something that was ever really talked or learned about, I just did it because I wanted to and school didn’t influence my decision. This is interesting because even though we both have citizenship education and it is written into our curriculum, it wasn’t the same experience at all for the both of us.
    I agree with your last paragraph when you talk about parts of the curriculum being missed out because of this teaching approach. I think it’s important to teach everyone about being a citizen in every aspect.

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