I honestly have been thinking long and hard and I am not quite sure what types of citizenship education I received… maybe none? I don’t ever remember doing food drives or donations within my school and definitely don’t remember EVER talking about the struggles that so many other people faced. I guess my best bet to get to the bottom of my citizenship education is to potentially break it down by each type I read about.
The personally responsible citizen:
- I mean as many schools, my school had laws and rules and if we didn’t follow them we got detention, suspension or expulsion. Also, when bad things happened we were always guaranteed to have an assembly with the police ESPECIALLY around Halloween.
- We did the annual garbage pick up around town – basically we walked around town and picked up the odd piece of garbage but mainly did it for the fresh air and not having to do school work.
- We learnt about recycling and had to recycle but that’s where it ended nothing happened we it.
- We were definitely expected to be the best person that we could be and had to follow the “golden rule” which was of course posted in every classroom!
The participatory citizen/The justice oriented citizen.:
- Nothing really for this one we really didn’t go above and beyond the call of duty on being a good person – we weren’t encouraged to be amazing. We did the bare minimum and that’s about all…
Maybe it’s because reading week is around the corner, or maybe it’s because I am just drawing a blank, OR maybe just maybe it had nothing to do with curriculum. I feel like everything about being a good person had to do with the hidden curriculum and wasn’t necessarily something my teachers had to do. I honestly don’t really know what to say to ” Explore what this approach to the curriculum made (im)possible in regards to citizenship” maybe you can help me out, get my brain going for one last thing before reading week where I will be sleeping A LOT and doing some homework.