ERIC Number: EJ894660
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Reference Count: 3
Personal Power and the Common Good
Schmidt, Jon; Jones, Jerryelyn L.
Principal Leadership, v10 n6 p46-51 Feb 2010
Authentic service learning in city schools helps students work toward important change in their own communities. Students are able to face and address issues that have an immediate impact on their neighbors and themselves. Two examples from Chicago neighborhoods illustrate how powerful the concept is: Students worked with a community organization to conduct a neighborhood canvassing project to promote an affordable housing ordinance that would create more housing opportunities for community members. Across town, students mobilized to educate residents about financial literacy and the resources and the support that were available to families that were at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure. Through such work, the students became actors in society, many for the first time. It was a powerful transformation. Service learning in an urban context is intimate. It is about responding to issues in the immediate community with an eye toward building the common good. Students can and should share in that common good. This article discusses how service-learning experiences enhance students' education when properly facilitated in a city classroom.
Descriptors: Service Learning, Community Organizations, Urban Areas, School Community Relationship, Social Justice, Neighborhoods, Housing Needs, Learner Engagement, Student Empowerment, Social Problems, Change Agents, Social Change
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois