Let Me Re-Introduce Responsible Citizenship [Future of Teaching]

Mr. Vilson

An excerpt from my latest at The Future of Teaching:

I propose that, those of us who’ve seen what’s happened with character education instead use the term “responsible citizenship.” I recently Googled the term “responsible citizenship” and found a plethora of definitions, but they all coalesce around the idea that we must teach children to actively participate in their environments and contribute positively to them. Some might take this term and highlight just the “responsible” portion, limiting the discussion to solely taking blame for one’s own actions. I submit to you that we must also emphasize citizenship, meaning we think critically about our roles in society and inform ourselves of what surrounds us to make better decisions about how our communities run.

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José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

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