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Citizenship never goes out of style

Posted on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

A few weeks ago I encountered my first service-learning naysayer in person.  I've read about these people before...those who think service-learning is a passing fad.  And I finally encountered one in person.  I wasn't adequately prepared to deal with it.  On my way home that day, it came to me - what I should have said.  "Citizenship never goes out of style."  I hardly believe service-learning a passing fad.  It has roots back to John Dewey in the early 1900s and his concept of "public education."  And there will certainly NOT be a shortage of community problems to solve anytime soon! Alright, so maybe it isn't "cool" to be civically engaged...but I didn't say it was "cool."  Plus, I'm not in high school anymore, so I don't care what's cool.  What I said is that it won't go out of style.  We're a democracy!  As long as we are, it's important (again, I didn't say it was cool) for people to be engaged, informed citizens.