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Civic Action Reflection

Civic Action Reflection

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Kevin FisherSeptember 25, 2013EDUC 700Redefining Civic ActionDr. Meira Levinson gave an excellent presentation on her thoughts andopinions of civic action. Mr. Levinson started her discussion with a few examples shehad seen throughout her teaching career, specifically in her fifth grade classrooms inAtlanta and Boston. She mentioned a time when one of her students wore a buttonon his shirt to represent a lost family member. She appreciated the thought, but 
questioned why this was the only time she could recognize her student’s lost familymember. She noted the student’s a
ction as a means of public action. Anotherquestion she discussed was why students in public schools were mandated toparticipate in a specific number community service hours
she questioned whichacts could be deemed community service. For example, a student in her fifth gradeclass spent countless hours babysitting a younger cousin for free. Dr. Levinsonbrought forth the discussion as to why or why not this could be consideredcommunity service, and so, public/civic action.Dr. Levinson mentioned a few entities about civic action that I thought wereparticularly noteworthy. She thinks that civic action shapes what we choose to studyin school, affects how we judge others, and determines our impacts on the world.Directly related to a classroom setting, I am a firm believer that we should beteaching our students transferrable life skills. That is, the smaller assignmentswithin the classroom have a larger meaning and are useful to the students outsidethe school setting. If we wish to teach our students to advocate for themselves and

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