CIVIC EDUCATION

WHAT' IS IT?

Generally speaking, civic education is defined as the teaching of behaviours and attitudes that make young citizens more interested in engaging in their society or community while respecting democratic principles.

 

TERMS TO DISTINGUISH:

Civicism: respect, attachment and dedication of citizens in relation to the community of which they are members, including fulfilment of the duties arising therefrom.

Civility: also the display of respect, but primarily in terms of upholding rules and behaviours of daily life such as politeness, courtesy, etiquette and good manners in society.

Citizenship: the position or status of being recognized as or being a citizen, that is, a member of a community. Citizenship is a status.

 

WHY CIVIC EDUCATION?

Civic education has a major role to play in our #Vote16NB file. Why? Because through civic education, young people could acquire the knowledge they lack. In addition to covering politics, a course on civics could explore:

1. FINANCES:

  1. How do I choose the best bank for me?

  2. How does credit work? How do I build my credit? What should I be wary of?

  3. Where does the money go that I pay in taxes?

  4. Why do we have to pay taxes? How do we pay them? How do I maximize my tax savings?

  5. etc.

2. LIFE IN SOCIETY:

  1. Why engage in the community? Where? How?

  2. Why volunteer? Where? How? With whom? Is it always on behalf of vulnerable groups? Are there different possibilities depending on my interests and strengths? Can volunteering be fun?

  3. What is social exclusion? Being marginalized by society?

  4. Why has the phenomenon of homelessness not decreased in a society like ours? Can homelessness be a choice?

  5. etc.

3. WORKING LIFE:

  1. What are the main differences and similarities between colleges and universities (final qualifications, pay, skills acquired, etc.)?

  2. What is a union? Do all working people belong to one?

  3. What is employment insurance? When would I need it? What resources are available to me if I need them?

4. CURRENT EVENTS:

  1. How should I go about reading newspaper articles?

  2. How do I develop critical thinking about what I read? See on TV?

  3. How can I be sure that an information source is credible?

This course would provide basic knowledge about adult life to assist young people in becoming effective members of society and making informed political choices.

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LE #VOTE16NB est un des mandats de la Fédération des jeunes francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick. Cette idée a été proposée lors de l'assemblée générale annuelle de 2014. 

#VOTE16NB is one of the Fédération des jeune francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick's mandates. This idea was presented at the 2014 Annual General Assembly.