By Jarett Hansen.
Citizenship. We all know why it is there: to teach us more about the founding fathers and the foundations of this nation so we can be the uprising generation which keeps the nation grounded in its past. However, we sometimes don’t pay attention to the citizenship lessons and see them as simply another period we have to drag ourselves through to get through the day or to lunch. By ignoring the lessons, we deprive ourselves of a unique chance to learn about what made this nation. By paying no attention to these, we effectively make this campus a “normal” school. Principal Earl Taylor founded Heritage Academy to root the students in the constitution and the citizenship classes are one of the main ways of doing so. However, if they are ignored, their importance will not be passed on to the upcoming classes, and the chain of remembrance will be broken. The underclassmen look up to the upperclassmen, and the upperclassmen show the things they have learned from Heritage to the underclassmen through their actions and words. If the actions and words carry the great necessity of citizenship, the underclassmen will pick up on it and follow their example. This way, when the underclassmen become upperclassmen, they will know the value of citizenship and share it with their lower grades, and so on. This is not to say it is only the higher class’ responsibility. The underclassmen need to learn to care about this class or to at least understand it. Otherwise, they will find it an incredibly boring class to endure throughout their entire education at Heritage. I myself didn’t care about the class very much until tenth grade. All I did during the years beforehand was zone out, or talk with my friends in the back of the classroom. During tenth grade, I realized, with a bit of nudging from American History, that the discussions and debates that arise from the PowerPoints are exciting and thought-provoking to talk about. My attitude changed; while I still get a little impatient at having to wait for the bell to ring for lunch, I enjoy involving myself in the conversation. It enhances my learning by assisting me digest what I learned. While students may not initially enjoy Citizenship, all grades, from seventh to junior year, have a duty to learn about the qualities and topics discussed therein. The students will have a greater love of their country and more ideas about how to fix it. If this is done, the torch will continue passing from class to class, enlightening students and enhancing minds, for as long as it keeps blazing.