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Andrea Morris Inter-HE 350 Essay on Readings Had I been asked just a few months ago what the definition of democracy was, I would defined it by describing the type of government that our country is run by. Since then, through my volunteer work at the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, the connection between education, democracy, and service work has become so clear to me. Democracy is not just a type of government or way of running society; it is a way of life. While each individual has a private life, they are also a part of the public world to which we all contribute. Ideas presented in “The Quickening of America”, and in Education for Democracy help to prove this point, and through my work at the Boys and Girls I have seen how these principles are present in everyday life. Our society and our culture constantly reinforce the idea that satisfaction comes through personal relationships and private achievements. The book “The Quickening of America,” breaks down this assumption and identifies ways in which we as individuals can make democracy a part of our everyday lives, and how we can each contribute to the solving of public problems. In order to do this we must take steps to change the way that we act in our public world, and two major concepts can help in making this change. First, is the idea of moving from client to citizen, and second, is changing the concept of “private problems” into “public issues.” I have seen firsthand through my work at the Boys and Girls club how these evolving concepts can have such a positive impact and how they are shaping the way that service systems work.
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The idea of moving from client to citizen is crucial to success in service work. As noted in Chapter 7 of “The Quickening of America”, previously our society was divided into two social categories: the caring and the cared for. Over time these roles have changed and the view of social aid has shifted. Care givers are no longer seen as simply offering charity, but now act as agents of change, helping to find solutions. Relationships in service work must be formed based on mutual respect and responsibility, where each person involved has the opportunity to take on the role of giver as well as receiver. An important part of this is the fact that by helping and contributing to others we gain insight into ourselves as well. As a volunteer at the Boys and Girls club I have seen this idea come to life. When I work with the kids, I am able to help them and I benefit from the
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