Citizenship without history? Knowledge, skills and values in citizenship education

Ethics and Education 3 (2):135-147 (2010)
In this article I consider whether there is a process of repression occurring in definitions of citizenship and frameworks of citizenship education, which involves a forgetting of history. By focusing on recently troubled countries I identify how the force of history comes to play, and from that I consider how, in relatively stable liberal democracies such as England, the repression of history is more complete. I suggest that this repression leads to an impoverished definition of citizenship in terms of values and ethical considerations, resulting in an antiseptic curriculum which fails to address some of the sharper issues that lie deep in the complexity of experience and identity, issues that should be addressed in the pursuit of being-together in a pluralist society.
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DOI 10.1080/17449640802439337
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B. Crick (1999). The Presuppositions of Citizenship Education. Journal of Philosophy of Education 33 (3):337–352.

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