It was while reading Shakey's thread on the 'Oxygen Thief' that has made me wonder about the teaching of citizenship in schools today. The culprit, Steven McGladdery, obviously does not appreciate the efforts done by the ambulance service to save lives, nor does he have any respect for the laws of this country which were put in place by Parliament to protect him. If indeed, such chavscum are proud of their numerous ASBO's, then it can only be that the schools have failed them, and in doing so have failed us, the law-abiding citizens who are forced to suffer the consequences of these delinquent's actions. In such, we must ask ourselves what is citizenship? Or more specifically, what does today's 'yoof' think that citizenship is? The Department of Education and Skills would have us believe that 'Citizen Education' is taught in schools not neccessarilly as a lesson, but as a programme that involves "whole school action" (Ref Page 44), but is this enough? The same government report concedes that "schools could be adopting a passive approach to citizenship education, believing no action needs to be taken as they are doing it anyway" (Ref Page 45). So does this mean that pupils are not being taught about citizenship? Could this be the case that Steven McGladdery simply does not mean what it is to be British? I believe the chavscum culture needs to be tackled at the root causes, and part of that is the schools, since this is where the next generation learn the most about Great Britain and the world. I would argue that a separate lesson should be set aside to teach today's youngsters about the days that the British celebrate, and why. When they are older the pupils should be taught how Parliament governs the country and where the sovereign's role is. If we can encourage our youth to be proud of this country and its achievements, then such cases of Steven McGladdery will reduce and dissappear. However, for the complete eradication of the chavscum culture which is a blight upon our society, effective citizenship education is but one small part.