Education has Politics?

Before researching honestly I thought curriculum was made by a bunch of rich people who just want to decide how the world should function. With. their money I see them as people who are only wiling to help the cause of education if it reflects their views. Alongside the rich people there are also people who understand education and also those who can actually make it happen. As for the written part I feel like it is written in a way where underlying views are there but not upfront (hidden within the curriculum).

I am not surprised that the curriculum is made by the government. Honestly it comes down to the same concept where they do run a lot of what we do. Although we can say we elect those in government, it is always evident there are ideology that even our elected people do not cover. Politics is everywhere. As much as we want to say we need to stay away from politics, it is hard when everyone has different views.  As said Ben Levin, ‘politics is about power. So what easy way than to ‘brainwash students to meet the ideology of those in power. Yes we can agree that the overall goal of politics is to make society better, but how when it is made of people with the same view.

I am not surprised by all the power the government has and who we listen to. It is easy to take opinions for people in the field. My question still lies in how can those been currently influenced also have a say (i.e teacher, students, employers)? Why do we have to wait for a strike to be heard while students suffer, rather than involving those who are actually field. Im over the whole  oh we don’t have a say as students because we do not know better and that because someone is old they have loved enough to make decisions for those growing up. Reality check: times have changed.

 

 

 

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My sister was NOT a ‘good’ student

I was a ‘good’ student according to the common sense. Kumashiro (2010) describes a ‘good’ student as attentive, participates, gets good grades and all the icing on top. Yes, I was that student. On the other hand my sister was NOT. She was not privileged to learn in a traditional classroom because she got bored easily which in turn caused her to be disruptive. I grew up listening to my teacher and parents and doing as I was told, while my sister questioned everything and needed a reason to be attentive. She understood what was being taught but didn’t care much for it. Funny enough in her second year of high school a teacher realized she was gifted. She retained information quickly and was disruptive because she was bored. She was then challenged by being put in the RUSH program. This was the advanced program at her high school. My sister is now a striving successful woman but her grade 5 teacher would have told you otherwise.

With the commonsense idea it is impossible to see students with different attributes in one classroom. The common sense idea is very uniform to a certain group of students. It puts a blanket on the ability of those who may strive in a different setting or simply students who don’t fit idea common sense. I will be honest by saying I was jealous of my sister because I worked so hard to please others while she strives to please herself through challenges. She is able to fail and try again but it’s all in the art of wanting to learn. Commonsense ‘good’ student mentality is very limiting.

 

We all Have Different Potentials

“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world”

-Maria Montessori

The above quote resonates with me. ‘Free the child’s potential’  seems like.a simple statement. Alone as it stands, the line seems easy to understand the concept of potential.  Every child has potential that must unleashed. Unfortunately not all potential is freed because educators view on potential is based on their own bias. What I mean is if a child has the potential to be the next great artist, educators are more likely to suppress that potential. In contrast the child who excels in math and science is given more opportunities to explore that potential. The potential we foster is based on our definition of success. The second part of the quote ‘you will transform him into the world’ highlights how what we do as educators will reflect the adults we send of into the world. A great teacher will transform a child into the world whereas others will let the world transform the child.

Together the quotes emphasizes how each child has the ability to be strive as an individual in the world. We do not want to teach children to fit into the world we live in but to strive for the world we want to live in. This starts with understanding their potential and every potential and ability is just as important.

The video below shows how one teacher can change a student when they take the time to understand their needs.

 

 

 

Social Efficiency Ideology

The idea of the most efficient education is and has been argued. It is the idea that there is a right way to educate and the purpose of school differs among philosophers and educators themselves. The Tyler Rationale is a concept in which students go to school to be molded into what is seen as productive adults with equipped knowledge for the world. The rationales are as follows:

1)1. What educational purposes should the school seek to attain?
2) How can learning experiences be selected which are likely to be useful in attaining these objectives?
3)How can learning experiences be organized for effective instruction?
4) How can the effectiveness of learning experiences be evaluated?

The Tyler Rationale is very reflective of my learning. In my school teachers laid out the rules in every class pertaining what we were to get out of the class. We got a textbook and went from cover to cover with tests in-between. The lesson plans were based on the textbook and very rarely did they step out of the direct style of teaching (I teach you learn).

Unfortunately the Tyler Rationale limits creativity and other intelligences. We know students learn differently and there are many ways of getting the same product. It is as if students come to school without any knowledge but as we know many students are educated in different areas. Collaboratively working together with students and educators can benefit all and produce higher learners. The multiple intelligences are not reflected in this rationale, therefore a lot of students are not being served. There is little concern for the child and helping them learn but an emphasis on ability to be part of the current societal work life.

Despite the strictness of the rationale it does serve an important objective. “Curriculum workers have two tasks: they must determine what the consumer market wants in terms of finished product and must determine the most efficient way of producing the product (Schiro, 2013). The purpose is to make students who will strive as adults.

 

Common sense

Common Sense seems to be a concept in which many people seem to think they understand. In the article ‘The Problem of Common Sense’, Kumashiro defines common sense as the societal dominant norm. When it comes to education Kumashiro found that his common sense of teaching did not reflect that of Nepal schooling. This brought light to his own understanding of Common sense and how he had a predetermined understanding because of his upbringing. Nevertheless,neither understanding of common sense is wrong rather it is different with every culture, religion, nation or even household.

 

As a teacher I believe it is important to understand that diversity means diverse knowledge of Common sense. As Kumashiro discovered that we impose our own common sense on others which creates a form of oppression. We may think our way is better but part of learning and being inclusive is understanding that we are all different and see life with different lenses. Students are raised in different households even if living in the same country,  therefore, it is important to be open to the different beliefs and lifestyle. What may be important and ‘normal’ to me may be not important or normal for you.

 

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