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Learning Differences Conference 2013

Civic Responsibility

Civic Responsibility is of key importance to the success of democracy and philanthropy. By engaging in civic responsibility, citizens ensure and uphold certain values. These values include justice, freedom, equality, diversity, authority, privacy, due process, property, participation, truth, human rights, rule of law, tolerance, mutual assistance, self restraint, and self respect. Schools teach civic responsibility to students with the goal to produce responsible citizens and active participants in community and government.

Educating the whole child and fostering socially responsible attitudes is at the heart of the educational philosophy at ACS Athens. For more than 60 years, ACS students have taken a leadership role in the community and have initiated, organized and participated in local and global community service projects that have benefited the environment, wildlife, stray animals/animal shelters, refugees, children with special needs or terminal illness, immigrants, and fellow citizens in marginalized communities.

Teaching and learning through civic engagement can be instrumental in nurturing students' personal growth as individuals and as members of a responsible global society.