I'm thinking about the start of the schoolyear and how we convey "social context", i.e. citizenship to the kids. Of what social environment, place, construct, village, community are they a part?
First and foremost, the class itself--
Then what? If you radiated outwards in concentric circles, what would be the next? Local community, then...
How do we get to "global community"? Should we? What does that mean?
Here's Nel Noddings on the difficulty of the definition:
"The word citizenship and citizen usually refer to a national or regional identity. One who is recognized as a citizen of a particular nation has the special rights and duties prescribed by the government of that nation. Global citizenship cannot yet be described in this way. There is no global government to which we as individuals own allegiance, and there are no international laws that bind us unless our national government accepts them. Thus, we can't look to the familiar, technical definition of citizenship to help us in describing global citizenship." (Educating Citizens for Global Awareness, 2005)
Here's Stephanie Pace Marshall, on competition and world view:
"Reports are coming out now that focus on the need for students in science, technology, engineering, and math but unfortunately the focus is on 'How can we make sure U.S. kids are as competitive as kids in India, China, Japan, North Korea, South korea, and Singapore?' These concerns are driven by competition. You don't hear a lot of conversations about what we're going to do in math and science so that our kids have the tools to advance the human condition. I would submit to you that the primary grounding should be advancing the human condition. When that's the focus of your scientific, mathematical, and technological work, you're going to have an economic driver because advancing the human condition takes an enormous amount of creativity, invention, and imagination. "
"What has turned off so many kids--especially girls--to science, engineering, and technology is that that we've got to be competitive, we've got to make money. we had to beat the Russians during the Cold War. Now, we have to beat the Indians and the Chinese. We should step back and ask, Why are we trying to beat them?" (article by Amy Azzam in Educational Leadership, "Two Takes on Whole," summer 2007)
What do you think about what those educators said? What perspective should we be aiming for in class with our students?