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In this assignment I have been given the task of selecting a contemporary educational issue and discussing the contrasting viewpoints on that particular issue In regards to the task I have chosen to discuss about citizenship education which has been a highly debatable topic in the recent era as well as in the past decades So what is citizenship And what is the relationship between citizenship and education Addressing the first question in light of Benns 2000 research it has been considered that citizenship is difficult to define and that it is country-dependant However from a British perspective she considers that citizenship is the involvement in social networks in the groups organisations and voluntary associations that connect citizens with the life of their communities Expanding on this Holden 1999 addresses the growing concern that the younger generation are leaving school without knowledge or interest of issues within their community and political issues as a whole The main reason for this appears to be an insufficient moral and social education where there has been little teaching of political literacy In an educational context as in answer to the second question the subject of citizenship provides learning opportunities to gain knowledge skills and understanding necessary to play an effective role in a society at local national and international levels Defining citizenship in education Fogelman 1997 says We define the subject citizenship in a broad way to concern the relationship between individuals and the world they live in It relates not only to this country but to the European Community and the world as a whole It concerns the institutions of democracy and the rights and responsibilities of individuals in a democratic society Reehers and Cammarano 1997 beautifully synthesizing education and citizenship say first we must remember that there is no division between education and citizenship Instead they are part and parcel of the same thing the pursuit of informed critical and active citizens Second the division between
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