“A Responsible Citizen who gives witness to Catholic social teaching by promoting peace, justice and the sacredness of human life.
This is the last Catholic Graduate Expectation – and for good reason. All arenas of living encapsulate a mission, and that mission should be similar to that of teachers: to promote learning in students through socialization with their peers. This ultimately empowers them to gain the autonomy in becoming leaders, and integral parts of their community. The constructivist approaches previously discussed are based on the holistic concept that each student finds identity and purpose through making connections with the community, the natural world, and Catholic values such as peace and compassion.
It is apparent that to be a “Responsible Citizen” correlates with the OCT Standard of Practice “Leadership in Learning Communities.” As teachers, we are charged with being leaders, role models, and exemplars of faith in practice. The CGE states that we should give witness to Catholic social teaching by promoting peace, justice, and the sacredness of human life. A Prayer Service is a wonderful way to depict these things. Therefore, I have added the “Prayer Service” assignment. In creating and arranging this prayer service, I have garnered a preview of what it would be like to lead a prayer service in a learning community. This document alone could be used as a benchmark for other staff members to utilize and learn from.
The discussion post which compares values and virtues has also been included in this facet. I believe it belongs here, because of how essential it is for teachers to promote the Catholic faith through the use of virtues. As stated in the document, if a value is the goal, then a virtue is the way to get there. A virtue is an individual characteristic which supports his or her own moral standards. They are measures of individual goodness and moral fiber.
While one might argue that these comparisons are merely semantics, the three Theological virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love are as clear as a precise learning goal. A value, for example, is the OCT Ethical Standard of “Integrity.” While integrity is an incredibly desirable attribute in a person – we must model the value of integrity through the teaching of virtues. These virtues include showing dignity towards others, being honest with your friends as well as yourself, and rectifying problems with humility. This is integrity, and the components illustrated by the Catholic Graduate Expectations lay the foundation to achieve the OCT Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession.