Kids talk

2nd March 2012 at 00:00
Ashwin, Stephanie and Amy, S3, talk to Julia Belgutay about what makes a responsible citizen

Ashwin: A responsible citizen is someone who behaves well, doesn't go out every night doing drugs or alcohol, and just sticks to the right side of the law.

Amy: It's someone who doesn't do the sort of things Ashwin said, and someone who wants to go far, so they will take the time to study. They won't just mess around with their friends.

Stephanie: Someone who grows up and knows how to differentiate between right and wrong, knows how to be a good person without doing what Ashwin said, and knows how to be confident.

Amy: I think school can put you on the right path.

Ashwin: It's mainly your parents, though, who should teach you that.

Amy: Yeah, but then you gradually learn it as well when you go through school.

Stephanie: It can also come from your influences - your friends, your older relations, like cousins.

Ashwin: I don't personally feel that school really teaches you that much about responsibility, other than just studying and studying.

Stephanie: But school does still guide you.

Amy: Obviously, you get punished if you do something wrong, so that helps you.

Stephanie: Yeah, discipline is good.

Ashwin: If there were no rules, it would be chaos. If there are no rules, people wouldn't know what's right or wrong, because then it would all just be people's opinions of what's right and wrong. I think the focus on being a responsible citizen in school is more starting now because crime rates are going up and things.

Amy: Definitely - with all these learning outcomes and Curriculum for Excellence, it's all around.

Ashwin: You hear every week about stories of people binge-drinking and going out and causing trouble, and look at the London riots.

Amy: You never hear about the people who do things right. There are loads of like normal people that just study and don't go out and binge-drink or take drugs or cause riots. You never hear about them. I feel offended sometimes when I hear things, because I'm not like the things I hear in the newspaper and things.

Ashwin: Unless it's about me personally, I'm not offended. If it's to me personally, that's when I defend myself.

Amy: I do feel like there is prejudice. If I walk in my school uniform, people will smile at me, but if I walk down the street in a hoodie and jeans, they look at me like ...

Ashwin: Occasionally, just when I'm walking, if I'm wearing tracksuit bottoms, and I'm fairly tall as well, people walk on the other side of whatever. Maybe I look a bit scary, but not intentionally. I would like to think I am going to grow up to be a responsible citizen.

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