Week #8 – Reading Response
What examples of citizenship education do you remember from your K-12 schooling? What types of citizenship (e.g. which of the three types mentioned in the article) were the focus? Explore what this approach to the curriculum made (im)possible in regards to citizenship.
When looking back on examples of citizenship growing up in school there were lots that stood out. Growing up in a Catholic school system, I think that the two biggest things I was taught about citizenship in elementary school was the “golden rule” and doing the right thing even when no one is watching. An example of doing the right thing when no one is watching is seeing a piece of garbage on the ground and picking it up and throwing it away. When I reached high school I think the biggest things that my school taught me was leadership skills and community involvement. For our community involvement we did things such as Works of Mercy (helping out at less fortunate schools around Regina) street sweeps, cleaning up garbage around town, being involved with the church (alter server etc.).
The focus of the Catholic school system I went to was to create personally responsible citizens. I just think that they wanted lots of community involvement and giving back to the community and to be selfless. The levels of involvement in the community progressed as I got older. You start to take on more responsibilities and are expected to do more.
What this approach to the curriculum made possible in regards to citizenship was how it developed students to be active in the community and by doing good deeds to help society. Yes, we were taught good ways to help people who are in need in our community but we never really understood why we were doing it. For example, my high school ran a program called “Works of Mercy” that everyone had to do. We would basically go into inner city schools and less fortunate schools to help out with reading, students homework and all sorts of other various tasks. What we didn’t understand was why certain groups in society are the way they are like underprivileged students (social classes).