A Dynamic Citizenship Education for the New Public School

FORUM - ISSN 0963-8253
Volume 61 Number 2 (2019)

A Dynamic Citizenship Education for the New Public School
PATRICIA WHITE, pages 217-224
DOI: 10.15730/forum.2019.61.2.217


Currently in the United Kingdom, citizenship provision is meagre and, where it appears in schools, it is heavily biased towards the theoretical. This article acknowledges that citizenship education needs a theoretical aspect but argues that the new public school should complement this with more dynamic, experiential learning. The proposal focuses on a democratic way of managing political conflict, the complex practice of compromise. It considers three essential features of a good compromise: mutual respect; coping with seemingly second-best choices; and recognising sacrifice. Drawing on these elements, it argues, the new public school can offer a dynamic citizenship education through its organisation, structure and ethos. In a supportive learning environment, school students can learn attitudes of respect, empathy towards others and ways of dealing with conflict by non-violent means, develop social imagination in exploring creative and ingenious solutions to conflict and learn to cope, collegially, with disappointed hopes.

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PATRICIA WHITE (2019) A Dynamic Citizenship Education for the New Public School, FORUM, 61(2), 217-224. https://doi.org/10.15730/forum.2019.61.2.217

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