SPEECH Prepare a five (5) minutes speech to be presented to Administrators of Teachers’ Colleges to persuade them to include Civics in the curriculum in all teacher training programmes.
Welcome: good afternoon presidents, vice presidents and teacher it is great to have you all at our annual teachers’ forum. Today I will synthesize the administrators of the teachers’ colleges to reintroduce civics in the curriculum in the teacher training program. What do you know about civics education?
Let me briefly define what civics education is. Civic Education in a democracy is education in self-government. Democratic self-government means that citizens are actively involved in their own governance; they do not just passively accept the dictums of others or acquiesce to the demands of others. As Aristotle put it in his Politics (c 340 BC), "If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost." In other words, the ideals of democracy are most completely realized when every member of the political community shares in its governance.
Today many things have changed in society where children are concerned. The schools were seen as rigor and teachers were looked upon. Thanks for those good old days. Colleges then didn’t coddle students. The colleges preserved its right to “direct the conduct and studies of the youth and to restrain them from such liberties and indulgences as would tend to corrupt their morals or alienate their minds from steady application.” And steady application was de rigueur. At five o’clock each morning, a bell rang to awaken students. They went to morning prayer and then studied for an hour—all before breakfast. Studies continued throughout the day punctuated by group meals which were a requirement....
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