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Autonomy And Citizenship Analysis

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According to Dictionary.com a citizen is someone who is a member of a much larger group than himself or herself (n. d.). An example of belonging to such an organization is when one is part of a team. Since the beginning of organized sports, athletic coaches have preached to their teams the value of working together as one cohesive unit in order to achieve the desired goal: a victory. Players have endured countless hours of practice, learned their specific role on the team, studied offensive and defensive plays, and most importantly, were taught to trust the fact that the athlete next to him or her will fulfill their assignment on any given play. In football, when all eleven players work together in harmony towards a common goal, the likelihood …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that a citizen is someone who is part of larger groups than himself or herself. since the beginning of organized sports, athletic coaches have preached to their teams the value of working together as one cohesive unit in order to achieve the desired goal.
  • Explains that the ability to think or act independently is the hallmark of autonomy in a team sport.
  • Explains that there is an ongoing philosophical debate as to the purpose of education in a democratic society.
  • Analyzes how the british parliament used the american colonies as a source of revenue to rebuild the depleted royal treasury for the massive debt accumulated during the french and indian war.
  • Explains that the american revolution began in 1775 and the break between the british government and what was now known as the united states of america was complete.

In order to answer that question it is important that one first understands the difference between citizenship education and autonomy. According to Gerald Gutek (2014), citizenship education is the study of the democratic process and conveys to the student the sense of duty to one’s country (p. 240). Donald Kerr (2006) regarded autonomy as being the ability of the pupil to think independently and make rational decisions and this ability is seen as a necessity to maintaining a liberal democracy (pp. 425-426). Thus the argument stemmed from the differing perspectives as to which is the most important skill for a student to learn in order to become a productive citizen in a democracy: citizenship (being part of the team) or autonomous thought (being independent), has now begun …show more content…

Once the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, the break between the British government and what was now known as the United States of America was complete (p. 209-218). In his book, Churchill (1983) discussed how the new country was to be a stark contrast to that of Great Britain. The British Parliament and the monarchy had acted with absolute power and cared not for the opinion of those living in the colonies. It was precisely because of this blatant abuse of power that Thomas Jefferson, a student of the Enlightenment, wrote in the Declaration of Independence “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among them are life, liberty, and happiness” (pp. 270-271). With that the United States became dedicated to the idea of independent thought and freedom and that is a characteristic of this country that is as strong today as it was in

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