Monday, May 3, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
- "In sum, the subject matter, the learning process, the classroom discourse, the cafeteria menu, the governance structure, and the environment of school teach students what kind of people to be and what kind of society to build as they learn math, history, biology, literature, nursing, or accounting. Education is more than facts and skills. It is a socializing experience that helps make the people who make society." - Page 15
When I first read the part about the cafeteria menu helping to teach students about what kinds of people they should be it made me think of when you see fried chicken and corn bread during Black History month or on Martin Luther King's birthday. The idea that all of these things help to make people at first seems outlandish but when I thought about it some more it made sense. From everything that we have learned from all the other articles we have read education really is more than learning about facts and skills. A student learns social norms and cues, the rules and codes of power, and how to live in society.
- "People begin life as motivated learners, not as passive beings... But year after year their dynamic learning erodes in passive classrooms not organized around their cultural backgrounds, conditions, or interests. Their curiosity and social instincts decline, until many become non-participants." - Page 17
I found this statement to be really interesting and something I've never really thought about it. We learn the most when we are still very little, we are born as motivated learners and as a baby you don't learn to talk sitting at a desk doing worksheets, we learn by interacting with others and doing. It makes sense that after years and years of being in a passive classroom a student's curiosity would decline.
- "The empowering classroom can open their voices for expression rarely heard before. Their voices are an untapped and unexpected universe of words rich in thought and feeling. From it, students and teachers can create knowledge that leaves behind the old disabling education in a search for new ways of being and knowing." - Page 54
I think this would be a perfect setting for a classroom, when students do speak out they give thoughts and ideas that teachers would not always think of. Together students and teachers would create a great classroom experience for everyone past the education that might bind some students.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
- "I started to notice that I didn't like the classes I was taking called special education. I had to go through special ed. almost all my life. I wanted to take other classes that interested me. I had never felt so mad, I wanted to cry." - Page 71
I chose this quote because it was sad to read about students who are being held back in their education. It did not make sense to me that Mia would have to wait until after she graduated to be able to the classes that she actually wanted to, especially since it was at the same school.
- "Dewey (1899) believed schools must serve as the sites in which children develop both a sense of commitment to one another and a sense of self-direction leading to 'the deepest and the best guarantee of a larger society which is worthy, lovely, and harmonious'... this vision with detailed accounts of actual educational arenas where all students are welcomed, no voice is silenced, and children come to realize their own self-worth through the unconditional acceptance of one another." - Page 74
It kind of amazed me that someone in the late 1890s and early 1900s could aspire for a school like this. I think Dewey's idea should still be something that we strive to achieve to this day for students. To have students feel welcomed and to be accepted no matter what by teachers and their peers is still something that to this day we still have not totally achieved.
- "It's not like they come here to be labeled, or to believe the label. We're all here - kids, teachers, parents, whoever - it's about all of us working together, playing together, being together, and that's what learning is. Don't tell me any of these kids are being set up to fail." - Page 75
I found Shayne Robbin's class and the experience she gave her students to be the most interesting in this article. What she says about students in so true, students do not go to school to be labeled, they go to learn and interact with others. She gives all of her students the same opportunities, its like they go in with a blank slate and everyone can just build from that.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
"The procedure is usually mechanical, involving rote behavior and very little decision making or choice. The teachers rarely explain why the work is being assigned, how it might connect to other assignments, or what the idea that lies behind the procedure or gives it coherence and perhaps meaning or significance. Available textbooks are not always used, and the teachers often prepare their own dittos or put work examples on the board... Work is often evaluated not according to whether it is right or wrong but according to whether the children followed the right steps."
"work is creative activity carried out independently. The students are continually asked to express and apply ideas and concepts."
"The 'hidden curriculum' of schoolwork is tacit preparation for relating to the process of production in a particular way. Differing curricular, pedagogical, and pupil evaluation practices emphasize different cognitive and behavioral skills in each social setting and thus contribute to the development in the children of certain potential relationships to physical and symbolic capital, to authority, and to the process of work."
Sunday, April 4, 2010
I did find some information on a different interpretation of Title IX that happened in January 2010. This happened in Mohawk, NY:
"The U.S. Justice Department intervention in the civil case of a former Mohawk Central School District student could lead to a broader interpretation of a federal law that prohibits gender discrimination by applying it to the harassment of a gay male... The 14-year-old openly gay student... alleges the district failed to stop other students and a teacher from bullying him because of his sexual orientation...""The government cities Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was passed to prevent gender discrimination, as the basis for joining the lawsuit filed last summer in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of New York. The teenager's lawyers Friday night might cast the case as a fight for basic human rights."
Sunday, March 28, 2010
The Brown v. Board of Education and the time leading up to that decision was one of the most important times in our country. It put equality to education, one of the most valuable things in any persons life. But after the decision was made it took many years later until it was actually held in every city and state. But like it said on the Smithsonian website:
"Brown v. Board of Education did not by itself transform American society. Changing laws does not always change minds. But today, thanks in part to the victorious struggle in the Brown case, most Americans believe that a racially integrated, ethnically diverse educational system is a worthy goal, though they may disagree deeply about how to achieve it."
This quote really resonated with me because I feel it is so true. There are so many laws that are made and changing them doesn't mean that people will change there minds along with them. This is shown in the aftermath of Brown v. Board of Education when there were still many people in the country who believed that everything should be segregated - including schools.
I found the Tim Wise interview to be the most interesting, his idea of enlightened exceptionalism, or racism 2.0 intrigued me. This meant that people supported Obama because they viewed him as transcending race and that he was different from the "black or brown norm" - putting black or brown norm in a negative light and this is not really moving away from racism. Wise said that many people of color are just as bright and educated as Obama but with a different style. That people do not need to be just like Obama in order to be successful.
One of the things that Tim Wise said really affected me; he said that the "proof of racial equity will be the day that people of color can be as mediocre as white folks and still get hired." To me this quote was shocking because I never really saw racial equity as this. I thought things were equal if any person of race or color had the same school, job, or living opportunities. I never thought of it as racial equity was when anyone could be just as mediocre as the other - and this is so true. Until we can really prove that we have this in society we won't have reached anything.
The last thing that I found the most shocking from Tim Wise's interview was some of the stereotypes that 6/10 whites still (as of early 2000s) acknowledge and continue to make the stereotypes. They were: "1) Blacks are generally less intelligent, 2) Blacks are more aggressive and prone to criminality, 3) They are less patriotic, 4) They are less hardworking, 5) All blacks just want to live on welfare and not work." I found this the most shocking that people to this day still believe these stereotypes. After learning about this I feel like we really haven't made any progress at all over the years. It was very sad.