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Challenges & Prospects for Canadian Social Studies

Chapter 5

In Search of Good Citizens

Citizenship Education and Social Studies in Canada
Alan Sears

Introduction: Citizenship need to participate in democracy as

Canadians and global citizens, acting in
as a Central Purpose for accordance with the laws, rights and
Education responsibilities of democracy....3
Ken Osborne ends an excellent recent article on At the other end of the country, the Atlantic Provinces
citizenship education in Canada with the argument Education Foundation identifies citizenship as one
that citizenship seems to have vanished from the of six Essential Graduation Learnings.4 Lest we
educational agenda.1 While Osborne might be think this focus on citizenship as a central goal for
right in the substantive sense, he is most definitely public education is exclusive to English Canada, the
not right when it comes to rhetoric. Across Canada, Ministre de lducation du Qubec contends the
preparation for democratic citizenship is widely ultimate goal of elementary education is to prepare
acknowledged as a central goal for public school- students to participate actively in society by playing
ing. The Province of British Columbia, for example, a constructive role as citizens.5
recently published a policy document titled The Ministries of education in Canada are not alone
Graduation Program 2004, which includes a section in identifying education for citizenship as central to
outlining the desired attributes of the B.C. graduate the educational enterprise. The Canadian Teachers
in the areas of intellectual, human and social, and Federation (ctf) claims that 75 percent of teachers
career development.2 Citizenship is front and centre support the idea that the role of public education
as a key goal of public schooling according to this is to provide a well-balanced general education to
document, which says, in part: prepare children for life and to assume the responsi-
bilities of good citizenship.6 The ctf itself has long
In their human and social development, supported education for democratic citizenship as
graduates should achieve: a central goal for public education and has recently
The knowledge and skills required to renewed that commitment through the launch of the
be socially responsible citizens who act program Living Democracy: Renewing Our Vision
in caring and principled ways, respect- of Citizenship Education.7
ing the diversity of all people and the Even beyond the education community there
rights of others to hold different ideas appears to be wide support for the idea that schools
and beliefs. ought to focus considerable attention on prepar-
ing democratic citizens. Twenty years ago, George
The knowledge and understanding they Tomkins argued the goal of citizenship probably

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comes closer than any other to identifying the pur- Citizenship and
pose that Canadians have usually believed the social
studies should serve, even though they might not
Citizenship Education as
agree on what a good citizen (or a good Canadian) Contested Concepts
is.8 More recently a series of public opinion surveys
I often begin presentations on citizenship education
in Canada demonstrated support for a wide range of
by asking participants to engage in a short exercise.
purposes for public schooling, but the two domi-
I divide them into small groups and instruct each
nant goals emerging from such polls are preparing
group to design a job advertisement for the Ideal
students for the world of work and preparing them
Canadian Citizen. We talk for a minute about what
for citizenship.9
typical job ads contain, including a description of the
It is not only in Canada where citizenship edu-
ideal candidates educational background, personal
cation is touted as a key aspect of schooling. The
qualities, skills and experience, and then I set the
editors of a book looking at current approaches
groups to work with poster paper and markers to
to citizenship education in twenty-four countries
write their ads. When completed, the advertisements
write, It is clear . . . that a review and rethinking
are posted around the room to provide a jumping-off
of civic education is taking place not only in post-
point for our discussion. Inevitably someone objects
communist countries and those with a short recent
to the word ideal, but I point out that job advertise-
history of democracy but also in well-developed and
ments shoot for the perfect candidate and selection
longstanding democracies.10 Indeed, the language of
committees take the person who comes closest to that
democratic citizenship and citizenship education is
target, with the best mix of education, experience,
showing up in the policies and curricula of jurisdic-
and personal qualities. A typical ad emerging from
tions as diverse as Australia, Russia, Colombia, and
this activity looks like the one below.
Singaporesome of which one might be reluctant
While each ad is unique in wording and empha-
to call democratic.
sis, overall they are usually very similar in substance.
This wide and general acceptance of preparation
The participants first impression is that there is
for democratic citizenship as a fundamental purpose
obviously wide agreement on the qualities of good
of public education, however, belies considerable
citizenship, but then I begin to ask questions about
confusion and debate in the field around several key
questions including:
What do we mean by citizenship and citizenship
WantedThe Ideal Canadian
The person we are looking for:
What do we know about where young people are
relative to the knowledge, skills, and dispositions Has a love for Canada
necessary for effective citizenship? Obeys the law
Knows Canadian history and geography
What are the best ways to educate citizens? Is bilingual (French/English)
What can be done to strengthen citizenship Is open-minded and tolerant of difference
education in Canada and elsewhere? Is a critical thinker
Is a good public speaker
In the remainder of this chapter I will turn to Has lived in or travelled to various parts of
these questions, not so much to provide answers the country
as to introduce the range of thinking, practice, and Has a record of involvement with the community
debate in each area. Loves hockey
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the various criteria they have identified, pushing obeys the law, acknowledging that it is sometimes
them to think beyond the surface. I have done this not only appropriate but even necessary for demo-
activity dozens of times over several years with cratic citizens to break the law. The crunch comes,
groups of people ranging from elementary school however, when I ask how we decide when it is ap-
students through graduate students to members of a propriate and necessary to break the law, or if are
local Rotary Club. One of the most common criteria there any limits to what a good citizen should do to
identified across this wide range of groups is, A good challenge an unjust law. This is where the veneer of
citizen obeys the law. I then ask, Was Mahatma consensus begins to wear thin. Some participants
Gandhi a good citizen of India? How about Martin quickly come to the conclusion that it is never ap-
Luther King, was he a good citizen of the U.S.? Or propriate to use violence against people or property
Nelson Mandela, a convicted terrorist, is he a good in support of a political cause, but others, in the
citizen of South Africa? How about Emmeline Pan- tradition of Mackenzie, Pankhurst, and Mandela,
khurst, who went to jail twelve times in 1912 for her argue that sometimes injustice is so great, and the
part in suffragette protests (many of which involved powers that be so resistant to change, violence is the
the destruction of property) of British laws against only recourse.
womens suffrage, was she a good citizen of Britain? If we push beyond the surface, this kind of
Closer to home, how about Louis Riel, leader of the complexity and difference of opinion exists around
Mtis Rebellion in Western Canada, or Louis Joseph virtually every one of the criteria identified for good
Papineau and William Lyon Mackenzie, leaders of the citizenship. When we say, for example, good citizens
Rebellions of 1837 in the Canadas, were they good are open-minded and tolerant, does that mean open
citizens? Or protesters arrested at the Asia-Pacific to anything? Tolerant of any lifestyle or cultural
Economic Cooperation (apec) summit in Vancouver practice? What about the practice of infibulation,
in 1997, or at the Summit of the Americas in Qubec better known as female genital mutilation? Some
City in 2001, are they good citizens? Most of the parents in Canada wish to subject their daughters
historic figures mentioned above are now, at least in to this procedure, arguing it is part of their culture,
the mainstream, considered heroes, with monuments what does it mean to be tolerant in this case?
erected in their honour, movies made of their lives, As a democratic society we enshrine constitu-
and streets, airports, and other public areas named tional protection for free speech, but what about
after them. Nelson Mandela was considered such a those who deny the Holocaust, contending it has
good citizen by the parliament of Canada that he been greatly exaggerated as part of a Jewish con-
was made an honorary citizen of this country in No- spiracy to undermine Western Christian civiliza-
vember 2001, only the second individual to receive tion? Should we protect their speech? Does it make
that honour. Emmeline Pankhurst was identified by a difference who they are? What if one happens to
Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential be a teacher who consistently expresses such views
people of the twentieth century. Time placed her in in the public square, in books, newspaper articles,
the category Heroes and Icons, which it described or speeches? Should he or she be fired? What about
as twenty people who articulated the longings of the Jewish children in their classrooms, schools, and
the last 100 years, exemplifying courage, selfless- communities, arent these children and their families
ness, exuberance, superhuman ability and amazing entitled to some protection as well?
grace.11 It is interesting to note that joining Mrs. When we say a good citizen should know the
Pankhurst on that list of twenty are several others history and geography of their country, what exactly
who fell afoul of the law in various countries includ-
ing Rosa Parks, Che Guevara, Muhammad Ali, and
Andrei Sakharov.
In Canada and most Western democracies this practice
On reflection, most participants begin to back has recently been made illegal (1995 in the U.S.; 1997 in
Canada), but there is evidence it continues to be practised
away from the contention that a good citizen always
by some.
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do we mean? One of the most public educational their proper use. These disputes do not arise because
debates in Canada over the past ten years or so has the people involved are arguing about different
been over exactly that question. Some people, in- concepts to which they have mistakenly given the
cluding some well-known historians, contend that same name, but because the internal complexity of
Canadian history, as it has been taught in schools, the concept makes for disputes that are perfectly
has been effectively put to death by social historians, genuine: which, although not resolvable by argument
social scientists, and teachers infected with fuzzy of any kind, are nevertheless sustained by perfectly
thinking about what it is young citizens should respectable arguments and evidence.14 Most writers
learn about their country. Many from those groups, hold a concept of citizenship that contains the same
however, argue, with some evidence, that school elements: knowledge, skills, values, and participa-
history has been dominated by a bland, consensus tion,15 but there is wide disagreement about the role,
version of political and military history, which avoids nature, and relative importance of each element.
controversial subjects and is never connected to the Disputes about citizenship arise not only because
lives and experiences of the people studying it.12 it is an internally complex concept, but also because
My point is this: while there is considerable con- it is a normative one. Normative concepts often fail
sensus that preparation for democratic citizenship to command a universally shared definition not
ought to be a central goal of public education, there only because of their complexity but also because
is very little real consensus around what we mean by they describe from a moral point of view.16 They
a good citizen. Most policy documents or public are, in fact, appraisive in that they involve making
opinion surveys treat citizenship superficially, as- judgements about what is better and best. Those
suming we all understand the concept the same way. who speak of educating for citizenship are not so
With most groups of people, even those from simi- much concerned with the narrow legal definition of
lar backgrounds, it does not take much probing to citizenship as with some normative sense of good
demonstrate that any apparent consensus about the citizenship.
meaning of good citizenship does not run very deep. A group of researchers at the University of
This is as true for those developing educational policy Montreal developed a conceptual framework to il-
and programs as it is for the students in my classes lustrate some of the constituent and competing ele-
or the general public. In North America the school ments of citizenship in liberal democracies. Figure
subject of social studies has been the part of the cur- 1 provides an illustration of how these elements
riculum most directly charged with the responsibility interact.
of educating citizens and, even here, there is little In this model the vertical axis deals with citizens
agreement about what this should mean. Writing sense of belonging. Most feel some sense of attach-
about social studies in a major research handbook ment to the national state but also derive a sense of
on education, Marker and Mehlinger point out: belonging and citizenship from their connection to
cultural or social groups within the nation (subna-
the apparent consensus on behalf of citi-
tional) or to organizations that extend beyond the
zenship education is almost meaningless.
nation (supranational). Several political theorists
Behind that totem to which nearly all social
have written about the multinational nature of the
studies researchers pay homage, lies con-
Canadian state.17 Kymlicka argues that Canada con-
tinuous and rancorous debate about the
tains at least two national minorities, the Qubcois
purposes of social studies.13
and First Nations. Unlike more recent immigrant
The debate about what constitutes good citizen- groups, these peoples existed as organized groups
ship continues, in part at least, because citizenship is with defined territory as well as social and political
a contested concept. The idea of contested concepts institutions before the Canadian state was formed.
is rooted in the premise that there are some con- For the most part, members of these communi-
cepts inevitably mired in continual disputes about ties continue to see themselves as citizens of those
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entities as well as citizens of Canada. As Charles themselves at either extreme of the axis but at some
Taylor points out, this is essentially the two-level point along it.
model of citizenship being worked out in the Euro- The horizontal axis in the model represents the
pean Union [eu] where people are both citizens of tensions between the rights that allow citizens in a
their particular member country and, by virtue of democracy to be free of the encumbrance of others
that, citizens of the eu.18 to pursue life, liberty, and happiness, to use an
In fact, people do not have to be members of American phrase, and the obligation for democratic
national minorities to feel a sense of divided loyal- citizens to participate in their society. One writer
ties. Prominent Canadian historian Desmond Morton asks the question this way: Are we to be idiots or
examines the persistent difficulty Canada has had citizens?21 For the ancient Athenians, an idiot was
establishing an overarching sense of national iden- a completely private person, cut off from all oth-
tity among its citizens, particularly when compared ers, while the citizen took up his obligation to help
with its closest neighbour, the United States. Mor- shape and run society. The latter necessarily meant
ton agues: Canadian citizenship has had to coexist giving up some individual liberty in the service of
with loyalties to old homelands, newer provinces, others and the wider community, but such were the
or nations within and protected by the federal state, obligations of citizenship. There is great debate today
specifically la nation canadienne franaise.19 about the forms of participation in which citizens
Recent research demonstrates that young Cana- should engage and even greater concern about signs
dian citizens locate themselves on different places of growing citizen disengagement. The latter is seen
along this sense-of-belonging axis, with some feeling most clearly in declining voting rates among young
the tug of nation most strongly while others more citizens almost everywhere in the world. Voting is
closely identify with their province or region.20 In- often seen as the most basic way in which citizens can
deed, most citizens in a democracy would not locate and should participate in their own governance.22

Figure 1
Gagnon/Pag Conceptual Framework23

1. National Identity

2. Effective Systems of 4. Political and Civic

Rights Participation

3. Social, Cultural, and

Supranational Belonging
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Citizens sometimes choose to not participate in the British Empire and the celebration of Canadas
their societies for a wide range of reasons, including: connection with all things British. With the weaken-
cynicism about the political process and political ac- ing of the empire after the war, attention turned to
tors; low sense of personal efficacy or agency; feelings creating home-grown myths to garner the loyalty of
of exclusion due to race, gender, or class; narrow Canadians. History and social studies curricula in
definitions about what counts as citizen participa- schools have been the main designated purveyors
tion; and personal preferences. Recent research indi- of these attempts at creating a national conscious-
cates a trend away from participation in traditional ness, but other extra- and co-curricular vehicles have
political activitiesvoting; joining political parties; been used as well, such as school assemblies and
running for officeand towards what is alternatively ceremonies to commemorate Empire Day, Remem-
called private or non-conventional modes of partici- brance Day, or Flag Day. The federal government,
pation, including various forms of community-based which has no constitutional role in education but
activism and service.24 Even then, much research has obvious interests in strengthening national unity,
documents fairly low levels of participation in both creates educational materials and sponsors a number
so-called conventional and non-conventional activi- of programs designed to foster a common sense of
ties. Recent initiatives in citizenship education have being Canadian. 25
been largely focused on addressing this perceived Current curricular goals with respect to national
alienation from participating in civic life. Many, it identity tend to be vague. The Common Curriculum
seems, locate themselves towards the left-hand side Framework for Social Studies: Kindergarten to Grade 9
of the horizontal axis, focused more on maintain- published as part of the Western Canadian Protocol
ing their rights to private life rather than on their for Collaboration in Basic Education states that it
contribution to the civic community. This has been will ultimately contribute to a Canadian spirita
of great concern to policy-makers and citizenship spirit that will be fundamental in creating a sense
educators. of belonging for each one of our students as he or
What the model demonstrates is that citizen- she engages in active and responsible citizenship lo-
ship is a complicated idea, affected by many factors, cally, nationally and globally.26 It is unclear exactly
including where a person finds his or her sense of what this Canadian spirit consists of, but this does
belonging and the degree to which he or she is en- represent one of the few explicitly stated goals for
gaged with the civic culture. The varying degrees of national identity in contemporary Canadian curri-
force exerted by all of the polls on the model will pull cula, which tend to focus on more generic goals of
individual citizens to different points on the scale and good citizenship such as active participation, critical
lead them to see their citizenship differently at various thinking and decision-making.
times in their lives and in different contexts. In terms of the participation of ordinary citizens
All of this, of course, complicates the enterprise in public life, there is considerable evidence that
of educating citizens. The programs we design and citizenship and citizenship education in Canada have
implement for citizenship education are going to traditionally been constructed in more elitist and
depend on the kind of citizen desired. For most of passive terms than in many other democracies, par-
our history in Canada (at least outside Qubec), ticularly the United States. In other words, between
there has been a great desire to educate citizens elections Canadian citizens have largely been ex-
with a deep sense of attachment to the nation state pected to leave the shaping of the county to political
vis--vis provincial, cultural, or ethnic identities. A elites.27 In the past, citizenship education in Canada
number of attempts have been made to use the edu- has, for the most part, reinforced this elitist concep-
cation system to help create the kind of overarching tion of democratic citizenship.28 Curtis, for example,
national myths that seem to sustain the strong sense points out that from the earliest years of public
of national unity in the United States. Before World schooling in Canada West (Ontario) in the nineteenth
War II, these myths were grounded in attachment to century, education was centrally concerned with the
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making of political subjects, with subjectification. They are careful to point out, however, that classroom
But these political subjects were not seen as self- practice is often different from officially mandated
creating. They were to be made by their governors af- policy and there is considerable circumstantial evi-
ter the image of an easily governed population.29 dence that citizenship education in Canadian schools
Studies of more contemporary times have also maintains its essentially conservative character.
described practice in citizenship education that In sum, citizenship is a complex and contested
is largely consistent with an elitist conception. In concept and people use it to mean a wide range of
his landmark study of civic education in Canada, things. Approaches to citizenship education natu-
Hodgetts wrote about the bland consensus version rally flow from these ideas about what constitutes a
of history30 that dominated Canadian social studies good citizen. In the past, Canadians, at least those
classrooms. History teaching of this type focused responsible for shaping educational policy and pro-
almost exclusively on political and military mat- grams, have generally held passive and conservative
ters, avoided matters of controversy, did not make ideas about what constitutes good citizenship (i.e.,
any connection to the present, and emphasized the good citizens are loyal to the nation state and vote
memorization of, among other things, nice, neat every four years or so) and consequently citizenship
little acts of parliament.31 As Osborne writes, the education programs in schools have been designed
combination of curricula, examinations, textbooks, to produce this kind of citizen. An examination of
and pedagogy that prevailed before 1968, even when curriculum and policy documents in Canada indi-
it was successful, served to produce a particularly cates that in recent years the conception of good
conservative kind of citizenship.32 While there is citizenship has shifted to emphasize active engage-
evidence that Hodgetts research methodology had ment in public issues. Indeed, a large measure of
serious flaws, other studies have lent support to the consensus exists across educational jurisdictions not
argument that an elitist conception of citizenship only at the level of general educational goal state-
education has dominated Canadian social studies, ments but also at the level of specific citizenship
and several studies make the case that citizenship goals of the intended curriculum. In all provinces
education in Canada has often been used to attempt and territories the goal of citizenship education is
to impose a narrow view of national culture on all to create knowledgeable individuals committed to
students.33 active participation in a pluralist society.36 If there is
Although citizenship education in Canada has general agreement that this is the goal of citizenship
generally been consistent with the elitist concep- education, it seems to me that a fundamental ques-
tion, in recent years there has been a move along tion we need to answer before planning programs
the continuum to a more activist conception, at least is: What do we know about where young people are
in terms of official policy and mandated curricula. relative to the knowledge, skills, and dispositions
In her 1989 study, Masemann found that the main necessary for effective citizenship? We will turn to
ideology of citizenship education is the importance of that question now.
citizen action and participation.34 Sears and Hughes
demonstrate that this trend has continued, arguing:
Young People as Citizens
Officially at least, good Canadian citizens The degree to which activity in the field of citizen-
are seen as people who are: knowledgeable ship education around the world seems to be driven
about contemporary society and the issues it by a sense of crisis about the state of young citizens
faces; disposed to work toward the common is striking. Citizens, particularly young ones, are
good; supportive of pluralism; and skilled described as ignorantthey do not know even the
at taking action to make their communi- basic information necessary to function as citizens;
ties, nation, and world a better place for all alienatedthey feel cut off from the political life of
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their societies, which they see as pervaded by dis- alienation from the institutions of government.44 In
honesty and corruption; and agnosticthey do not Canada, voter turnout has declined in three straight
believe in the values necessary to undergird demo- federal elections, reaching a record low in the last
cratic citizenship. one.45
The Civics Expert Group in Australia coined Several explanations have been advanced to
an interesting phrase, civic deficit, to capture the explain this alienation from politics, including high
idea of pervasive ignorance among the citizenry. The youth unemployment and bad personal experiences
researchers reported that studies they commissioned with attempts to influence the system.46 A key reason
revealed a high level of ignorance about Australias advanced is disillusionment with corrupt or dishon-
system of governments and its origins.37 The Brit- est politicians. Hahn reports that in 1993 in four of
ish Advisory Group on Citizenship also used the the five countries she studied, less than 25 percent
language of deficit to describe British citizens of students said that politicians could be trusted and
knowledge of their countrys history and system of in the fifth country (Denmark), only half said they
government.38 In Canada, the Dominion Institute could be trusted. She goes on to write, Everywhere
reminds us every July 1 and Remembrance Day that perceptions of honesty declined by about 20 percent
Canadians are disturbingly ignorant of basic facts of from 1986 to 1993.47 Interview data she collected
Canadian history, government, and contemporary indicates that media reports of political scandals
culture, although wealthy Canadian families and were a major contributor to this decline. It is not
foundations have poured millions of dollars into only in the West where the practice of politics is
curriculum projects intended to reclaim a lost linked to the growth of alienation among citizens. In
Canadian identity.39 summing up the situation in Japan, William Cum-
In a more academic vein, eminent professors mings writes, Postwar school education has taught
Michael Bliss and Jack Granatstein wonder about the young people to value the democratic process. But
Sundering of Canada and Who Killed Canadian His- postwar politics has been less than enthralling.
tory?40 Peter Mansbridge, perhaps English Canadas Thus it would seem that apathy is common among
best-known journalist, summed up the attitude well young people and apparently increasing. 48 In
in a lecture at the Centre for Canadian Studies at Britain and elsewhere, a coherent and sequential
Mount Allison University when he said, Our igno- programme of citizenship education is seen as
rance is appalling.41 In Canada and the rest of the the solution, at least in large part, to the crisis of
world, this mantra of the ignorant citizen has been alienation.49
used to support calls for increased curricular atten- In addition to the dual crises of ignorance and
tion to the knowledge of citizenship, particularly the alienation, one finds in the literature great con-
study of national history and politics. cern about the lack of commitment to the values
More compelling perhaps than the crisis of of citizenship. I call this the crisis of agnosticism:
ignorance is the crisis of alienation. Carole Hahn, citizens do not believe in democracy. There is wide
reporting on survey data collected in 1986 and again agreement that democratic citizenship requires a
in 1993 from students in four European countries commitment to certain values or dispositions. In
(Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and England) other words, to be a democratic citizen it is not
and the United States, outlines generally high levels enough to know about democracy, one must believe
of cynicism and disengagement from the political in democracy as well.
process.42 Similarly, the authors of a significant Carole Hahn examined the level of commitment
international study write that countries find them- among the students she surveyed in Europe and the
selves with increasing numbers of adolescents who U.S. to certain democratic rights. In particular she
are disengaged from the political system,43 and the looked at support for free speech and a free press.
British Advisory Group on Citizenship cites reports What she found was consistent with other work
in that county that speak of a potentially explosive in the field in that it indicated that the students
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expressed a high degree of support for these rights points with regard to historical knowledge in Canada,
in the abstract, but when applied to particular knowledge that is often regarded as foundational for
situations involving the freedom of groups that the informed citizenship. While scholars such as Bliss
students did not like, the levels of support for their and Granatstein contend there has been a significant
right to express themselves or publish articles in the decline in knowledge of the history of Canada as a
press declined significantly. Hahn contends that this whole, Osborne argues that the evidence does not
equivocation about some of the core principles of support this. He demonstrates the lack of historical
individual liberty and respect for all is cause for knowledge among the Canadian population is not
concern and is not well-addressed in citizenship new but has been of concern to educators and policy-
education programs. She writes that her school visits makers for 100 years or more, and has precipitated
in the five countries suggested to her that educators at least four previous crises of ignorance in the field
have not given much deliberate attention to develop- of history education.54
ing in students the capacity to extend fundamental What about the second element of the crisis,
freedoms and basic civil rights to groups that are the the alienation of citizens from civic participation?
most disliked.50 Because of the crisis of agnosticism, By many of the traditional measuresvoting rates,
there is a growing focus on developing the values numbers of young people joining political parties,
of democratic citizenship in citizenship education levels of trusting politicians and public institu-
programs. tionsthere certainly seems to be cause for concern
The concern about ignorant, alienated, and around the world in both established and emerging
agnostic citizens is driving a flurry of activity in democracies.55 A key indicator of this alienation
citizenship education around the world.51 In Canada is a serious decline in voting rates. In Canada, for
this has led, among other things, to the development example, voter turn-out reached a record low of 61
of a compulsory grade 10 civics course in Ontario percent in the federal election of 2000. The same
and the requirement that high school students in pattern is being experienced in democracies around
that province complete forty hours of commu- the world, and the evidence suggests that the most
nity involvement activities in order to graduate.52 significant decline is among younger voters.56 While
However much these claims of serious deficit in the much of the rhetoric in the citizenship education
knowledge, skills, and dispositions of young citizens community attributes this decline to growing cyni-
ring true, in reality we know very little about what cism among young people, closer examination of the
students in Canada know or can do, or how they feel evidence indicates a much more complex situation.
about citizenship. In fact, surveys of young people in Canada indicate
Close examination reveals that the empirical they are no more cynical than older Canadians.57
evidence for the crisis of ignorance facing citizenship David Buckingham points out that there is a
and citizenship education is rather thin. Ian McAl- much more positive way of reading young peoples
lister, an Australian political scientist, writing about disengagement from political processes. That is,
the so-called new civics deficit in his country and young people have good reason to be alienated from
elsewhere, argues: a system that does not take them seriously. Perhaps
the deficit is not with the young people, he suggests,
Ever since mass opinion surveys first began
but with a political system not open to real consulta-
to be used in the 1940s they have consis-
tion and effective participation.58 Hahns interviews
tently shown that most citizens are anything
with young people in Britain seems to confirm this,
but knowledgeable about politics. The
as these young citizens often identified not being
majority know little about politics and pos-
listened to or taken seriously by politicians as a key
sess minimal factual knowledge about the
factor in their alienation. Similarly, the Centre for
operation of the political system.53
Research and Information on Canada suggests that
In his recent work Ken Osborne makes similar structural elements such as Liberal Party hegemony,
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the permanent voters list and the first-past-the-post lack of belief in certain fundamental democratic
system of election might all contribute to voter disaf- values? Is it true that young citizens in particular
fection. They argue that young people are no more lack such basic dispositions as respect for diversity,
alienated than their parents but are less likely to vote open-mindedness, or commitment to the common
out of a sense of duty.59 One could argue that attitude good? While news reports of rising xenophobia
is a positive one for democracy in the long run.60 evidenced in racially motivated attacks on foreign
It is interesting to note that, while Hahn found stu- workers and ethnic minorities in Europe and the
dents largely alienated from the formal political pro- United States, or of fights between black and white
cess, she did not find them alienated from all forms students at a Canadian high school, might lead one to
of participation. They were very willing to participate conclude there is a serious deficit of democratic val-
in community-based activities where they could see ues among the young, careful scrutiny demonstrates
themselves making a difference.61 A recent study the situation is not that simple. Hahn reports, for
asked a representative sample of fourteen-year-olds example, that the European and American students
in twenty-eight countries about the kinds of civic she surveyed and interviewed were very concerned
activities they intended to participate in as adults, about racism in their societies. So much so, in fact,
and the results indicate that these students are more that they supported limiting the public speech and
positively disposed to participation than is evident access to the press for members of identified racist
in recent surveys of adult participation in Britain groups.67 While one might argue that willingness
and the United States.62 Madeleine Gauthier surveys to support the suppression of basic rights for some
recent research on the participation of youth in Qu- groups is evidence of low levels of commitment to
bec and concludes that, while there is a definite shift certain democratic values, it does, however, demon-
away from participation in traditional party politics, strate that many young people are indeed concerned
there are clear signs that a new political generation about respecting ethnocultural diversity. A British
is active and shaping its own sense of what it means Council conference on citizenship education heard
to be civically engaged. She writes: from secondary school students and teachers about
student-initiated programs to promote human
Despite commonly-held opinions, modern
rights, counter racism, and develop pan-European
young people are far from apathetic. They
understanding. In several cases students had worked
are active at various levels of involvement
with public authorities and advocacy groups, such as
in community life, although political par-
Amnesty International, to organize workshops and
tisanship is often suspect, even sometimes
conferences for their peers on issues related to hu-
by those who officially belong to a political
man rights and diversity.68 In Canada, historian and
nationally syndicated columnist Gwynne Dyer has
In looking at longitudinal data from across ad- written and lectured widely about how multicultural
vanced industrial democracies, Dalton argues that, and immigration policies have largely been successful
while there is clear evidence of a general erosion in making Canada into a more diverse, tolerant, and
of support for politicians64 and formal political stable society.69
processes, one response to popular dissatisfaction All of this is not to dismiss concerns about the
has been a move toward participatory democracy.65 ignorance, alienation, and agnosticism of young citi-
In early 2003, protests against a war in Iraq brought zens but simply to say we really do not know much
millions into the streets worldwide. While reports about where students in Canada, or elsewhere in
indicate these protestors were from a wide range the world, are in relation to our citizenship goals for
of ages and social classes, there were many young them. Almost forty years ago A.B. Hodgetts directed
people concerned enough to join and, in many cases, a nation-wide study of civic education in Canada that
organize the rallies.66 included observation in hundreds of classrooms,
What of growing concerns about an apparent surveys of thousands of students and teachers, and
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careful analysis of textbooks and other teaching ma- towards an activist or participatory conception of
terials.70 Hodgetts report examined student knowl- citizenship. What appears to be clearly associated
edge and attitudes, pedagogical practice, the quality with this activist/participatory ideology is a commit-
of teaching materials, and teacher training. Despite ment to a pedagogy of active learning.
methodological difficulties, the report became widely Curriculum documents generally include sug-
accepted as the baseline for social studies teaching gestions for teachers on appropriate teaching and
and learning in Canada, and its recommendations, learning strategies. Ministry/department of education
particularly the establishment of the Canada Studies guidelines include teaching strategies ranging from
Foundation, had a significant impact on social studies direct instruction through interactive and indirect
curricula, materials, and teaching. instruction to independent study and experiential
Since 1968, however, there has been no system- learning. In 1991 Saskatchewan Education identified
atic, large-scale effort to evaluate civic education in forty-six specific instructional methods as elements
Canada either by academic researchers or through in these general strategies.72 They are reproduced
provincial or national testing programs. Small-scale, in Newfoundlands 1993 Curriculum Framework
sporadic studies have been reported in the aca- for Social Studies and again in the 1998 curriculum
demic literature but by and large these have been guide Atlantic Canada in the Global Community,
uncoordinated and therefore have failed to provide a joint enterprise of the four Atlantic provinces
the basis for a reliable body of knowledge.71 Testing (see Table 1). None of the methods emphasizes
programs, where they exist, are largely focused on the chalk-and-talk and question-and-answer
the knowledge covered in particular courses or pro- methods that Hodgetts identified as the dominant
grams and are only tangentially related to the situated instructional approaches. Of course, the methods
knowledge of citizenship as described above. There identified here constitute a broad repertoire of
is virtually no effort to assess the skills or disposi- teaching/learning activities that includes, but is not
tions of citizenship on a wide scale. In recent years limited to, the interests and concerns of citizenship
the Dominion Institute has commissioned several education.
surveys of Canadians knowledge related to history The Newfoundland and Labrador Curriculum
and citizenship. The results of these surveys have Framework for Social Studies, in addressing the issue
been widely reported in the popular press and have of teaching/learning approaches, says there is no one
been used as part of a lobbying campaign for more best method, rather, there is a method which, in a
and better history and social studies education in particular situation, for a definite purpose, at a spe-
Canadian schools, but again, only factual informa- cific grade level, with certain resources available, will
tion is being tested, with little attention to context. be effective.73 No doubt this is so, but there is little
This testing is certainly not consistent with the sort specific direction to the teacher concerning how to
of citizenship knowledge described in curricula and match the method with the situation, purpose, grade
policies across the country. Some very promising level, and resources. Invariably, the teaching sugges-
research has begun over the past several years but it tions or recommended activities or sample teaching
is far too early to make sweeping policy and curricu- strategies encountered by teachers in curriculum
lar recommendations from this work and it is clear guidelines are presented as choices from which they
that there is a range of ways in which young people might select some or none, according to their pro-
understand their citizenship and a one-size-fits-all fessional judgement. Specific learning experiences
approach will probably not work. are never mandated, nor are any particular learning
strategies. Indeed, very little is expressed by way of
preferred methods except a vague commitment to
Educating Citizens support those that require more active learning on
The prevailing ideology of citizenship education the part of students. These are only suggestions and
found in contemporary Canadian curricula tends ideas that can be adapted and modified for different
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situations and needs,74 a Saskatchewan teachers Qubec, such as student involvement in student
guide states. Certainly the implication in all of the councils, youth parliaments, community involve-
guidelines is that teachers should choose whether ment, and the work of international associations
to employ a strategy, when to employ it, and how to such as Solidarit Tiers Monde.75
employ it. This faith in service learning as a vehicle for
What is abundantly clear is that the ministries/ developing citizenship is showing up in educational
departments are reluctant to give firm direction on jurisdictions across North America with many, in-
the matter of teaching and learning strategies in areas cluding Ontario, requiring certain levels of commu-
that are normally associated with citizenship educa- nity service for high school graduation. Rahima Wade
tion. An exception to this lies in the growing approval and David Saxe, in their review of the literature on
of learning activities that involve young people in service-learning, point out that these programs typi-
direct participation in and experience of life in the cally focus on four key outcome areas: academic de-
community. Often this takes the form of volunteer velopmentstudents will learn something about the
work with social service agencies, in the belief that issues in their communities and develop academic
such experience will contribute to the development skills; social and personal developmentstudents
of a commitment to voluntarism. Apprenticeship- will develop a sense of altruism (commitment to the
like experiences in the realms of business and common good) as well as heightened self-esteem;
politics are also popular; again, the presumption is political efficacystudents will believe that they can
that the direct experience of participation will help participate effectively, that they can make a differ-
foster a commitment to participation in the life of ence; and future participationstudents will grow
the community, however defined. The recent report into adults who are more likely to be participating
of the Conseil suprieur de lducation (cse) places citizens.76
special emphasis upon extracurricular initiatives in In June of 2002 the McGill Department of

Table 1
Possible Teaching/Learning Approaches

Direct Interactive Indirect Independent Experiential

Instruction Instruction Instructuion Study Learning
Explicit teaching Debates Problem-solving Essays Field trips
Drill & practice Role playing Case studies Computer assisted Conducting
instruction experiments
Structured overview Panels Inquiry Reports Simulations
Mastery lecture Brainstorming Reading for Learning activity Games
meaning packages
Compare and Peer practice Reflective Correspondence Focused
contrast discussion lessons imaging
Didactic questions Discussion Concept formation Learning contracts Field
Demonstrations Laboratory Concept mapping Homework Role playing
Guides for Cooperative Concept Research Synectics
reading, listening, view- learning groups attainment projects
Problem-solving Cloze procedures Assigned questions Model-building
Circle of knowledge Learning centres Surveys
Tutorial groups
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Political Science sponsored a workshop titled Citi- to learn to be involved and to confront difficult social
zenship on Trial: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on and public issues, schools are often not very demo-
the Political Socialization of Adolescents.77 This cratic places for either students or teachers. There
event brought together political scientists, social is evidence, for example, that teachers resist dealing
theorists, and educators from Canada, the United with critical issues in the classroom and that schools
States, and Europe to share research relating to young often discipline students who seek, in relatively
people and citizenship. A number of the presenta- benign ways, to express concern about policies or
tions dealt with evidence of the relationship between practices.80 In the words of student David Brand, who
youth involvement in community organizations and was disqualified from participating in a school event
later civic activity. All presenters argued that the re- because he protested his schools requirement that all
lationship between community involvement when students watch a daily program of news provided by
young and later civic engagement is very complex. the Youth News Network, School is not the place
There is clear evidence that those who are engaged to have an opinion.81
in civic activity as young people are more likely to In spite of platitudes about preparing students
be engaged as adults, but there is no evidence that for democratic citizenship, the attitude of educators
this is a cause and effect relationship; it may simply often seems to be consistent with that expressed by
indicate the personality traits of those individuals Gene Hackmans character in the movie Crimson Tide.
who choose to participate.78 The citizenship edu- Hackman, playing the captain of a nuclear subma-
cation community needs to stay connected to this rine, says to his first officer, We are here to defend
growing body of work and engage in discussion and democracy, not practise it. Too often citizenship
debate with colleagues in political science. education in schools is sterile and removed from
The truth is that while there is a growing body real issuesit is designed to teach about democ-
of research knowledge about childrens learning racy, not practise it. When this is the case, students
and how to foster that learning through teaching, learn lessons different from the ones taught in their
not much of what we know has been systematically social studies class about exercising ones democratic
applied to the specific context of citizenship educa- rights.82
tion. Preliminary work has begun but much more
needs to be done. The research of Carole Hahn and Conclusion: The Way
the International Association for the Evaluation
of Educational Achievement (iea) indicates, for Forward
example, what appears to be a correlation between I began this chapter with Osbornes suggestion that
classrooms in which important social issues are citizenship is not a high priority on the educational
discussed and investigated in a climate of openness agendas of ministries of education or the public
and debate, and greater student knowledge and across Canada. It is clear that at the level of rhetoric
engagement.79 This is helpful information but needs this is not true: there is lots of talk in policy and
to be pushed further so that we can begin to under- curriculum documents about citizenship as a cen-
stand the specific kinds of issues and pedagogical tral goal for schooling in general and social studies
approaches that will foster growth towards good education in particular. A look below the surface,
citizenship. however, demonstrates Osborne is clearly right:
It is important to think about pedagogy not only technical and vocational concerns have been driving
in terms of the delivery of lessons in the classroom the educational ship over the last number of years
but also in terms of the context in which those les- and social studies is a low priority in educational
sons are delivered. Despite the fact that every edu- jurisdictions around the world.83 This is particularly
cational jurisdiction in Canada states in policy and clear in the level of attention given to the subject in
curricula that schools are places for the development provincial and national testing programs where it is
of democratic citizenship and that students ought virtually non-existent (Alberta is the only province to
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regularly test social studies on a province-wide basis), ment is (both at the time of the survey and projected
as well as in curriculum reform initiatives, which into the future). Again, the survey data is in the early
generally see social studies lagging well behind work stages of analysis but it clearly shows a number of
in literacy, mathematics, science, and technology. types, which vary according to province, linguistic
In my view, some of the blame for the decline background, gender, and so on.88
of citizenship as a real priority for schooling can be Along with this large-scale survey work it is
laid squarely at the feet of those of us who work in essential to build a more qualitative body of knowl-
the field of citizenship education. We are often not edge about the ways students think and feel about
clear about what it is we mean by good citizenship, citizenship. There is a growing body of constructivist
how it can be effectively taught, and how we can work on students thinking in social studies, but it is
assess student progress towards it. A review of the very much in its infancy, particularly compared with
public education system in Ontario argues, Policies work in science or mathematics.89 This kind of work
introduced over the past seven or eight years were is necessary to fill out and extend the kind of knowl-
developed and enacted without much demonstrable edge large-scale studies like the iea Civic Education
attention to empirical evidence about what would study provide. For example, the iea study has very
improve teaching and learning.84 While this report positive results related to students acceptance of
is commenting on educational reform across the diversity. When asked if immigrants should have the
board, the same claim could be made about reform in opportunity to keep their own language, for example,
citizenship education over time and across jurisdic- 77 percent of the students agreed or strongly agreed.
tions: it is often driven more by hype and personal On the question of being able to keep their own
agendas than by evidence and thoughtful delibera- customs and lifestyle, 80 percent agreed or strongly
tion.85 If we want citizenship education to be taken agreed, and 81 percent felt immigrants should have
seriously, it is incumbent on those of us in the field the same rights as everyone else.90
to provide a knowledge base to support reform. Overall, the authors of the report on the research
Some of this work has begun. The recent iea study, conclude, Attitudes toward immigrants are gener-
for example, has provided a broad overview of the ally positive.91 While this might appear to be good
intended curriculum in citizenship education in news, it strikes me that much closer examination
many parts of the world as well as a sense of the is necessary. All of the questions about immigrants
civic knowledge, skills, and attitudes of fourteen- on the iea survey were posed in the abstract, with
year-olds in twenty-eight countries.86 Carole Hahn no implications for respondents. It is easy to say
also provides interesting comparative data about immigrants ought to be able to keep their own
civic education programs and students knowledge, language and cultural practices and exercise the
skills, and values in Europe and the U.S.87 The data same rights as everyone else if there is no implied
set for the iea study is massive (90,000 students from or actual accommodation required on the part of
twenty-eight countries were surveyed) and the analy- other citizens. What if, however, immigrants begin
sis of that data is still at the preliminary stages. Much to demand government services in their own lan-
more work can and should be done with this data to guages, raising the costs for those services and the
address more specific and complex questions. tax burden for everyone; would the responses remain
A recent survey conducted with first-year an- so positive? Accommodation, after all, is where the
glophone and francophone college and university rubber hits the road with regard to diversity. A key
students in several regions of Canada has also pro- question is: To what degree are citizens willing to
duced some interesting results. The survey sought to accommodate diversity even when it costs them
investigate several areas related to citizenship: where something materially or socially? The iea study
these students find their sense of belonging (to the does not answer this question, but it needs to be
nation, province or local area); what their attitudes addressed. The Citizenship Education Research
are to diversity; and what their level of civic engage- and Development Group at the University of New
104 Challenges & Prospects for Canadian Social Studies

Brunswick and others are engaged in programs of Schools We Need: Recent Education Policy in Ontario, Recom-
phenomenographic research to get at the structure of mendations for Moving Forward (Toronto: oise Press, 2003),
5. See also Charles Ungerleider, Failing Our Kids: How We Are
young citizens thinking about ideas such as respect
Ruining Our Public Schools (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart,
for diversity, dissent, political participation, and 2003), 2934.
privacy. It is hoped this kind of work will expand on 10
Judith Torney-Purta, John Schwille, and Jo-Ann Amadeo,
other quantitative and qualitative work about young eds., Civic Education Across Countries: Twenty-four National
peoples thinking in the social realm. Case Studies from the iea Civic Education Project (Amsterdam:
These are examples of some of the work being iea, 1999), 30.
Heroes and Icons, Time,
done that has the potential to build a knowledge
base for reform in the field of citizenship education. 12
For a comprehensive review of this debate see Ken Osborne,
This is a good beginning but it is just a beginning. Our History Syllabus Has Us Gasping: History in Canadian
Much more needs to be done. Some years ago SchoolsPast, Present, and Future, Canadian Historical
Marker and Mehlinger reviewed research in social Review 81, no. 3 (September 2000), 404435.
studies education for a major research handbook
G. Marker and H. Mehlinger, Social Studies, in Handbook of
Research on Curriculum: A Project of the American Educational
and concluded that most of the published literature
Association, ed. P.W. Jackson (New York: Macmillan, 1992),
was not empirical in nature but was concerned with 832.
advocating one approach or another with little or 14
W.B. Gallie, Philosophy and Historical Understanding (London:
no basis in evidence.92 Similarly, it seems to me that Chatto & Windus, 1964), 158.
too much energy and print in the field of citizenship 15
Marker and Mehlinger, Social Studies, 835.
education has been given over to cult-like mantras
W.E. Connolly, Terms of Political Discourse (Lexington, MA:
Heath, 1974), 24.
about both what is wrong with citizenship education 17
See, for example, Charles Taylor, Reconciling the Solitudes:
and how it can be fixed. Educational scholars in the Essays on Canadian Federalism and Nationalism (Montreal:
field have a responsibility to provide deeper analysis McGill-Queens University Press, 1993); Will Kymlicka,
about both areas to help, in the words of Janice Gross Finding Our Way: Rethinking Ethnocultural Relations in Canada
Stein, move the public conversation from cult to (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1998); and W. Kaplan,
analysis.93 ed., Belonging: The Meaning and Future of Canadian Citizenship,
(Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 1993).
Taylor, Reconciling the Solitudes, 182.
Desmond Morton, Divided Loyalties? Divided Country? in
Endnotes Belonging, 54.
Ken Osborne, Public Schooling and Citizenship Education 20
Michel Pag and Marie-Hlne Chastenay, Citizenship
in Canada, in Educating Citizens for a Pluralistic Society, ed. Profiles of Young Canadians, Canadian Diversity 2, no. 1,
Rosa Bruno-Jofr and Natalia Aponiuk, special issue, Cana- (Spring 2003): 3638.
dian Ethnic Studies 32, no. 1 (2000): 40. 21
Os Guiness, Tribespeople, Idiots, or Citizens? Religious
British Columbia Ministry of Education, The Graduation Liberty and the Reforging of American Public Philosophy,
Program 2004 (Victoria: Author, 2003), 3. in Social Education 54, no. 5 (1990): 278286.
Ibid., 34. 22
I have written extensively of these concerns in The Cult of
Atlantic Provinces Education Foundation, The Atlantic Citizenship (paper presented at Reimagining Citizenship
Canadian Framework for Essential Graduation Learning in as an Interdisciplinary Curriculum, A csse Pre-conference,
Schools (Halifax: Author, n.d.), 611. Dalhousie University, Halifax, Tuesday, May 27, 2003). See
Ministre de lducation, Education in Qubec: An Overview also Centre for Research and Information on Canada, Voter
(Qubec: Gouvernement du Qubec, 2001), 5. Participation in Canada: Is Canadian Democracy in Crisis?
Denis Wall, Marita Moll, and Bernie Frose-Germain, Living (Montreal: Author, October 2001); Pippa Norris, ed., Critical
Democracy: Renewing Our Vision of Citizenship Education, Citizens: Global Support for Democratic Governance (Oxford:
Canadian Teachers Federation (December 2000): 6. Oxford University Press, 1999).
Ibid. 23
France Gagnon and Michel Pag, Conceptual Framework for
George S. Tomkins, A Common Countenance: Stability and An Analysis of Citizenship in the Liberal Democracies, vol.
Change in the Canadian Curriculum (Scarborough, ON: Pren- 2: Six Approaches to Citizenship in Six Liberal Democra-
tice-Hall, 1986), 15. cies (prepared for Multiculturalism Directorate and Citizen
Kenneth Leithwood, Michael Fullan, and Nancy Watson, The Participation Directorate DG, Citizens Participation and
Search of Good Citizens
In 105

Multiculturalism and Strategic Research and Analysis (sra) 38

Advisory Group on Citizenship, Education for Citizenship and
Directorate DG, Strategic Planning and Policy Coordination, the Teaching of Democracy in Schools (London: Qualifications
Department of Canadian Heritage, May 1999), 126. and Curriculum Authority, 1998), 14.
See, for example, Norris, Critical Citizens; and Judith Torney- 39
See, for example, Rudyard Griffiths, A Culture of Forget-
Purta et al., Citizenship Education in Twenty-eight Countries: fulness in a Country with Much to Remember: Military
Civic Knowledge and Engagement at Age Fourteen (Amsterdam: Heritage, National Post, November 11, 2000, B04; and Julie
iea, 2001). Smyth, Ignorance of Our Own History Shames Canadians,
See, for example, Alan Sears, Scarcely Yet a People: State Survey: Onus Placed on Schools, Wide Support for Tougher
Policy in Citizenship Education, 19471982, (doctoral dis- Standards, National Post, September 10, 2001, A1.
sertation, University of British Columbia). 40
Michael Bliss, Privatizing the Mind: The Sundering of
Western Canadian Protocol for Collaboration in Basic Educa- Canadian History, The Sundering of Canada, Journal of
tion, The Common Curriculum Framework for Social Studies: Canadian Studies 26, no. 4 (1991/92): 517; and Jack L.
Kindergarten to Grade 9 (Winnipeg: Manitoba Education, Granatstein, Who Killed Canadian History? (Toronto: Harp-
Training and Youth, 2002), 3. erCollins, 1998).
R. Bothwell, Something of Value? Subjects and Citizens 41
Peter Mansbridge, Canadas History: Why Do We Know So
in Canadian History, in Belonging, 2549; P. Resnick, The Little? (Sackville, NS: Centre For Canadian Studies, Mount
Masks of Proteus: Reflections on the Canadian State (Montreal: Allison University, 1997), 7.
McGill-Queens University Press, 1990); and S.M. Lipsett, 42
Carole Hahn, Becoming Political: Comparative Perspectives on
Continental Divide: The Values and Institutions of the United Citizenship Education (Albany: State University of New York
States and Canada (New York: Routledge, 1991). Press, 1998); , Citizenship Education: An Empirical
Alan Sears, Social Studies as Citizenship Education in Study of Policy, Practices and Outcomes, Oxford Review of
English Canada: A Review of Research, Theory and Research Education 25 (MarchJune, 1999): 231250.
in Social Education 22, no. 1 (1994): 643; Ken Osborne, 43
Torney-Purta, Schwille, and Amadeo, Civic Education Across
Education is the Best National Insurance: Citizenship Edu- Countries, 14.
cation in Canadian Schools Past and Present, Canadian and 44
Advisory Group on Citizenship, Education for Citizenship, 16.
International Education 25, no. 2 (December 1996): 3158; 45
Centre for Research and Information on Canada, Voter Par-
and Alan Sears and Andrew Hughes, Citizenship Educa- ticipation in Canada, 4.
tion and Current Educational Reform, Canadian Journal of 46
Torney-Purta, Schwille, and Amadeo, Civic Education Across
Education 21, no. 2 (1996): 123142. Countries; and Hahn, Becoming Policital.
Bruce Curtis, Building the Educational State: Canada West, 47
Hahn, Becoming Political, 29.
18361871 (London, ON: Althouse Press, 1988), 102. 48
William K. Cummings, Education for Democracy in Japan
A.B. Hodgetts, What Culture? What Heritage? A Study of Civic and Asia, in Can Democracy be Taught? Perspectives on Edu-
Education in Canada (Toronto: oise Press, 1968), 24. cation for Democracy in the United States, Central and Eastern
Ibid. Europe, Russia, South Africa, and Japan, ed. Andrew Oldenquist
Ken Osborne, In Defence of History: Teaching the Past and the (Bloomington, IN: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation,
Meaning of Democratic Citizenship, Our Schools/Our Selves 1996), 215.
Monograph Series, no. 17 (Toronto: Our Schools/Our Selves 49
Advisory Group on Citizenship, Education for Citizenship, 16.
Education Foundation, 1995), 21. 50
Hahn, Becoming Political, 175.
George S. Tomkins, The Scandal in Canadian Studies, (eric 51
This activity is discussed in more detail in Sears, The Cult
Document ED044335, 1969). See also Sears, Social Studies of Citizenship.
as Citizenship Education. 52
Ontario Ministry of Education and Training, High School
V. Masemann, The Current Status of Teaching About Diploma Requirements (Ontario: Queens Printer, 2004), http:
Citizenship in Canadian Schools, in Canada and Citizenship //
Education, ed. K. McLeod (Toronto: Canadian Education html (accessed August 11, 2003).
Association, 1989), 29. 53
Ian McAllister, Civic Education and Political Knowledge
Sears and Hughes, Citizenship Education and Current in Australia, Australian Journal of Political Science 33, no. 1
Educational Reform, 134 (March 1998): 7.
Ibid.; and A. Sears, G. Clarke, and A. Hughes, Canadian 54
Osborne, Our History Syllabus Has Us Gasping, 404
Citizenship Education: The Pluralist Ideal and Citizenship 435.
Education for a Post-modern State, in Civic Education Across 55
See, for example, Hahn, Becoming Political; and Torney-Purta,
Countries, ed. Torney-Purta, Schwille, and Amadeo, 111135. Schwille, and Amadeo, Civic Education Across Countries; and
Civics Expert Group, Whereas The People ... Civics and Citizen- Norris, Critical Citizens.
ship Education (Canberra: Australian Government Publishing 56
Centre for Research and Information on Canada, Voter
Service, 1994), 132. Participation, 4; Kent M. Jennings and Laura Stoker,
106 Challenges & Prospects for Canadian Social Studies

Generational Change, Life Processes, and Social Capital Activity Guide (Regina: Author, 1994), 16.
(paper presented at Citizenship on Trial: Interdisciplinary 75
Conseil suprieur de lducation, duquer la citoyennet:
Perspectives on the Political Socialization of Adolescents, rapport annuel (Qubec: Gouvernement du Qubec, 1998).
McGill University, Montreal, June 2021, 2002); and Dietlind 76
Rahima C. Wade and David W. Saxe, Community Ser-
Stolle and Marc Hooghe, Preparing for the Learning School viceLearning in the Social Studies: Historical Roots,
of Democracy: The Effects of Youth and Adolescent Involve- Empirical Evidence, Critical Issues, Theory and Research in
ment on Value Patterns and Participation in Adult Life Social Education 24, no. 2 (1996): 333.
(paper presented at Ibid.). 77
Information about the 2002 conference, including the
Centre for Research and Information on Canada, Voter Par- program and papers, can be accessed at http://www
ticipation, 1.
David Buckingham, Young People, Politics and News Media: 78
Dietlind Stolle and Marc Hooghe, Preparing for the Learn-
Beyond Political Socialization, Oxford Review of Education 25 ing School of Democracy (paper presented at Citizenship
(MarchJune, 1999): 171175. on Trial).
Centre for Research and Information on Canada, Voter Par- 79
Hahn, Becoming Political; Torney-Purta et al., Citizenship
ticipation. Education in Twenty-eight Countries.
Hahn, Becoming Political. 80
See, for example, Alan Sears and Mark Perry, Beyond Civics:
Ibid. Paying Attention to the Contexts of Citizenship Education,
Torney-Purta et al., Citizenship Education in Twenty-eight Coun- Education Canada 40, no. 3: 2831.
tries; Geraint Parry and George Moyser, More Participation, 81
David Brand, The High Cost of Speaking Out in School,
More Democracy? in Defining and Measuring Democracy 36, (accessed April
Sage Modern Politics Series, ed. David Beetham (London: 27, 2000).
Sage Publications, 1994):4462; and National Center for 82
Charles Ungerleider, Failing Our Kids: How We Are Ruining
Educational Statistics, 1996 National Household Education Sur- Our Public Schools (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2003).
vey: Adult Civic Involvement in the United States (Washington, 83
Torney-Purta, Schwille, and Amadeo, Civic Education Across
DC: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Countries.
Research and Improvement, 1997). 84
Kenneth Leithwood, Michael Fullan, and Nancy Watson,
Madeleine Gauthier, The Inadequacy of Concepts: The Rise The Schools We Need: A New Blueprint for Ontario, Final Report
of Youth Interest in Civic Participation in Qubec (paper (Toronto: oise Press, 2003), 18.
presented at Citizenship on Trial), 10. 85
Sears, The Cult of Citizenship.
Russell Dalton, Political Support in Advanced Industrial 86
Torney-Purta, Schwille, and Amadeo, Civic Education Across
Democracies, in Critical Citizens, 63. Countries; and Torney-Purta et al., Citizenship Education in
Ibid., 76. Twenty-eight Countries.
Robert D. McFadden, Threats and Responses: Overview; 87
Hahn, Becoming Political.
From New York to Melbourne, Cries for Peace, The New 88
Pag and Chastenay, Citizenship Profiles.
York Times, February 16, 2003, http://ww.newyorktimes 89
For recent examples, see Jere Brophy and Janet Alleman,
.com/. Primary-Grade Students Knowledge and Thinking About
Hahn, Becoming Political, 138. the Economics of Meeting Families Shelter Needs, American
There were several presentations of this nature at the British Educational Research Journal 39, no. 22 (Summer 2002): 423
Council Conference Education for Citizenship: Preparation 468; and Jere Brophy, Janet Alleman, and Carolyn OMahony,
in Schools for Full Participation in Democracy in Adult Life Primary-Grade Students Knowledge and Thinking About
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