Monday, June 8, 2009
What does it mean to educate "good citizens?"
One of the purposes of education in elementary schools that we discussed in class is citizenship education. But just what does "citizenship education" mean? And what does it mean to be a "good" citizen? The authors of our textbook say that citizenship education "should include developing affective attachments to this nation and its democratic heritages," (p. 5) and they mention the importance of actions such as saluting the flag and pledging allegiance. Is this what being a citizen in a democracy is all about? Or is there more? How would you approach citizenship education with young children in an age-appropriate way?