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Citizenship and Democracy

The hope and promise of democracy is based on the health and stability of democratic society but threats to that health and stability also exist. There is widespread agreement that education plays a significant role in mitigating those threats to democracy. And there is general consensus that expectations for citizen engagement are much broader than the minimal engagement required for voting and obeying the law.

 

The Three R’s of Citizenship

The hope and promise of democracy is based on the health and stability of democratic society.  To sustain democracy, every citizen should know the new three R’s:

  • Rights,
  • Responsibilities, and
  • Respect.

The citizenship education classroom resources provide opportunities for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to learn about the new three R’s.

 

Participatory Democracy

Providing opportunities for people to develop the knowledge, dispositions and skills to be their best possible selves in relation to the needs of society has an immense impact on the future of family, community, country and the world.  It is a weighty responsibility shared by students, parents and caregivers, educators and communities; it requires intentional teaching, modelling and practice for people to acquire the knowledge, dispositions and skills necessary to have an impact on the function of an entire society.