|Editor||A. Ross, The Experience of Citizenship|
The results of recent studies show that passive attitudes seem to dominate in the Polish society, which may be a major barrier to stimulating civic behaviors. This situation may be a consequence of radical social, political and economic transformations that have been taking place in our country for over a decade. The Poles feel lost when confronted with political pluralism and democracy. The protective role of the state, considered natural in Poland since the Second World War, contributed to the development of sense of security and social equality, but on the other hand it made it impossible for individuals to manifest their social activity or take responsibility for their decisions (Obuchowski, 2000, Czapi*ski 1992). It follows that one of the most important educational tasks should be to promote widely understood citizen subjectivity, reflected by the way of thinking, hierarchy of values, beliefs, attitudes, or patterns of social and civic behaviors.