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Reflective Piece #2

Parker (2010)"To encourage civic engagement, the school curriculum should give students ample opportunity to discuss controversial issues in the classroom and to consider multiple positions and viewpoints on these issues" (p. 201)It is important in my own classroom that I provide students with multiple perspectives, as well as an open classroom in which they feel comfortable discussing controversial issues. If they do not learn about these issues in school, how can we be certain they will ever learn about them?

Moral Education

Character Education

Jessica Sees

"Global awareness is a critical 21st century skill that every student will need in order to succeed, and without us, they are unlikely to learn it anywhere else." -Jenny Buccos

Misco's article, although focused on elementary education, made me think about the ways in which I could include civic education in my own classroom. I like that Misco discusses the importance of multiple perspectives and having students wrestle with issues that have no clear right or wrong answer. This helps build more informed individuals and decision makers.

Misco (2005)"Civic education includes the widening and enlarging of experiences, so that multiple perspectives penetrate student construction of views and simplistic conceptions of right and wrong are complicated and investigated" (p. 544)

Hoge (2002)"Social studies teacher have a responsibility and a duty to refocus their classrooms on the teaching of character and civic virtue" (p. 103)To me this means that my classroom needs to be focused on teaching good character and civic virtue in addition to content knowledge. I cannot assume that my students are receiving this education anywhere outside of school, thus it is part of my responsibility as their teacher.

Reflective Piece #2

Citizenship Education

Jenny Buccos TED talk - "Global Citizenship in the Classroom"

Essentially, what Hoge's article made me think about was this idea that citizenship education starts with character education. What this means for my classroom is that before I can teach my students about how to operate in our society as democratic citizens, I must educate them to be good people. I need to instill in them these positive character traits and civic virtue. This goes well with the 21st century skills curriculum that RBHS is currently trying to implement in school-wide.

Hoge (2002) "Citizenship education may be defined as any conscious or overt effort to develop students' knowledge of government, law, and politics as those have evolved through history and presently operate in our society. That knowledge includes knowledge of the core values of our democracy" (p. 105)

Hoge (2002)"citizenship education actually needs a character education foundation. Citizenship education then appropriately builds on and extends the basic moral reflexes engrained by effective character education" (p. 106)

Misco (2005)"civic education requires that we help students develop dispositions directed toward the common good. Attributes of the common good...include, for example, issues of equity, fairness, justice, and the tension between the individual and society" (p. 536)


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