Reflection on the Science of Citizenship
If American citizens are to have any chance of speaking truth to power, they will need to have a better handle on the truth part. They will need to be better educated, and the science classroom will have to be political — not in the partisan sense, but in the sense of the Greek word politikos: of, for, or relating to citizens. The science classroom will need to prepare them for engagement in our democratic society, to make choices that affect their lives and their communities (para. 22).
She is preaching to the choir here with most of us future educators. Right? Unfortunately, as I reflect on those words and in addition to my question; I remember conversations from my fellow classmates here at Idaho State University and with students those around the United States in regards to preparing citizens to make a better engaged and educated democratic society… they are not in agreement. They say: politics needs to be taken out of education, the government needs to be removed from the public education system, and they do not want to provide students with the ability to make a better society, they want to better individuals so they can be good strong readers, writers, and critical thinkers ready for the workforce. I disagree. Public Education was built on the opportunity to create an educated and engaged democratic society and should remain its overarching purpose; reading, writing, math, science, art, music, P.E, etc.
The teaching of the whole child, mentally, physically, emotionally; no matter what socioeconomic class they were born into. None of these foundational pillars of knowledge should be considered a luxury; they should all be considered the norm. America has the ability to create an educated and engaged democratic society, the citizens need to choose whether or not it is their priority.