Educational Philosophy

Active Citizenship in Schools: A Good Practice Guide to by John Potter

By John Potter

Neighborhood carrier Volunteers is understood nationally for its excessive profile citizenship and group studying schemes, together with the Barclays New Futures undertaking, nationwide Tutoring scheme and the Millennium Awards. furthermore, CSV schooling for Citizenship presents an entire aid and consultancy carrier for helping with the improvement of citizenship and neighborhood hyperlinks by way of colleges, schooling specialists, businesses and executive. This publication relies at once in this event, and should hold their winning and proven ways around the schooling area. delivering the help wanted for colleges and different teams to strengthen citizenship and group studying hyperlinks as an energetic a part of their curriculum, this publication bargains point-by-point suggestion for faculty leaders and executives subsidized up through an unrivalled diversity of nationwide case experiences and stories. utilizing in-depth research, it covers: * peer studying* neighborhood carrier* environmental paintings. in addition, this ebook seems at intergenerational initiatives and projects to increase groups and faculties in the course of the arts, sciences and activities.

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There were those who asked the larger, more strategic questions. There was, for example, some controversy about whether lessons on the ‘proclivity to act responsibly’ really lead to ‘less bricks through windows’1 or whether the whole agenda is around indoctrination. In response to such questioning there were those who were developing a vision of the positive role that citizenship education could play in their schools. ’ 2 The previous head of Highfield Primary School in Plymouth pointed out that citizenship education—in the form of student participation in decision making—did indeed lead to less bricks through windows.

One in five young people suffers mental health problems, and an equivalent number of young people show signs of disturbed behaviour arising from emotional disorders. 7 Older teenagers are likely to be even more widely affected. A third of 18-year-old boys and almost half (42 per cent) of 18year-old girls have emotional or psychological problems. In an average population of 100,000 boys and the same number of girls, six boys and one or two girls commit suicide and the situation has been growing worse over recent years.

Many reported strong social norms ‘never to talk about religion or politics’. Those who had such an opportunity at school, however, were shown to be more likely to talk at home or in the community. Crewe concluded that ‘talk’ or discourse is a precondition of active citizenship. Crewe goes on to argue that ‘civic engagement’ is the necessary counterpart of ‘public discourse’. ’1 It may well be that political activity is reinforced by community involvement of various kinds. It is not, however, the case that people’ particularly young people, who engage in voluntary or community action necessarily take an interest in formal politics.

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