1. They make teachers in training read, Pedagogy of the Oppressed in Ed School.
2. Home schooling seems to be on the rapid rise.
Was it Walter Williams who stated that education colleges were the intellectual slums of universities?
Am I missing something or do points 1. and 2. totally contradict themselves?
1. “Teachers cannot hold themselves above their students in any way, nor think they have nothing to learn from the kids they spend their days with. We both have lots to learn and lots to teach. Any classroom must begin from that perspective. If we go into the classroom to be teachers, not learners, if we think of ourselves as the end-all-be-all of knowledge, we do nothing but embody paternalism and maintain oppression.”
2. “Educators must take a side – we cannot be neutral. ‘There is no such thing as neutral education process.'”
Combine that with having having to be an activist (point #4) and ooooof.
And I may be on board if she thinks systems that “create” poverty are government picking winning and losers, taking from John to give to Mike, bloated government agencies that waste resources and create even more deadweight loss, etc. I have a sneaking suspicion that this is not the case, however.
Just read the replies to that blog, and think of how far down the hole we have gone.
Perhaps we can teach our kids to love reading, to learn times tables, and think on their own, which can happen if your kid is capable. Meanwhile, the incapable are being taught bad doctrine by the incapable, below-average intellects who are graduates of our state teacher’s colleges, which teach pedagogy.
Somewhere along the line, both pedagogy and sophistry gained negative connotations in my vocabulary.
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