Reading is a form of citizenship because it keeps the people informed and gives them the ability to make accurate decisions. Without reading the next generation will not be able to contribute to the future and change the world. Werner's piece makes me question whether or not the information I have been reading is worthwhile to me as a citizen. The perception we have of history is important in order for the future to learn from the mistakes of the past. An accurate recording is needed to make the necessary decisions. Therefore, it is an important part of citizenship for the people to read unbiased and accurate information.
Many schools and institutions criticize textbooks because they feel that the information being represented may be inaccurate or outdated. Therefore, there has been a big push within the teaching community to make schools more hands on and creative. I personally believe that their can be a balance between using the textbook and making sure the kids aren't too bored in school. For instance, its important for the students to learn all of the little details and dates in the textbook, but the teacher should spend a large majority of class on the overall lesson.