Week 8 [Citizenship]

In my K-12 schooling I only really recall doing things that fall under the personally responsible citizen. I was a part of doing activities or volunteering to “develop personally responsible citizens hop[ing] to build character and personal responsibility by emphasizing honesty, integrity, self-discipline, and hard work” (pg 3), such as food or bottle drives, volunteering at shelters, and raising money to build schools.  I was never involved in activities for participatory citizenship or the justice oriented citizenship, and I think that is partially because the large focus was on personally responsible citizenship.  I think this approach to the curriculum in beneficial, but I think students need a better opportunity to understand why these citizenships are important to everyday life and as we get older.  Not just asking them to do something because they were told it was a good thing to do.

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