n Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap - "The school with the Bible" : from meaningless to meaningful Citizenship Education in South Africa : research article

Volume 67, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0023-270X
  • E-ISSN: 2304-8557



Citizenship Education has re-emerged as an important issue in Curriculum2005. Closer scrutiny of this educational innovation reveals the existence ofa number of problems. The aim of this article is, on the one hand, tosensitise policy-makers, curriculum developers and educational administratorswho are involved in the drafting of a blueprint for Citizenship Educationin public schools, to the need to take note of Reformational Christians'views on government, citizenship and society, and the quest for the socalled"school with the Bible"; and on the other, to assist ReformationalChristian educators responsible for the teaching of Citizenship Education inpublic schools to teach it from a biblical perspective. To this end, this articleintends the following: to explore some tenets of a Reformational Christiantheology of state (like John Calvin's); to revisit the Reformational Christiandoctrine of sphere sovereignty; and illustrate the practical implementationof Calvin's theology of state and the Reformational Christian doctrine ofsphere sovereignty in Citizenship Education teaching in public schools.

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