This week we were assigned the task of picking a quote that relates to education and explain why it does. This is the quote that I chose:
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
I really like this quote because it sends the message of how important education can be. Without furthering our education or increasing our knowledge it really limits what we can do in the world. If we are given the chance to acquire more knowledge and become more informed about current issues it gives us a superb chance of dealing with said issues if we decided to pursue them. This quote also relates to the teacher and the student because it is the teachers job to deliver this important information and make the student want to acquire more knowledge and to become an active learner for life. It's hard to change the world without the necessary tools for the job. The tool in this case being education.
This week our major focus was on curriculum and the Tyler rationale. Our class was asked to reflect on these questions after reading the weekly text:
Curriculum development from a traditionalist perspective is widely used across schools in Canada and other countries. Can you think about: (a) The ways in which you may have experience the Tyler rationale in your own schooling? (b) What are the major limitations of the Tyler rationale/what does it make impossible? (c) What are some potential benefits/what is made possible?
A) First and foremost, Tyler used four basic questions when developing his model for the curriculum and they are:
1. What educational purposes should the school seek to attain?
2. What educational experiences can be provided that are likely to attain these purposes?
3. How can these educational experiences be effectively organized?
4. How can we determine whether these experiences are being attained?
These questions/steps did apply to my schooling as I am sure they applied to practically everyone who attended school. The main goal of the Tyler approach is to quickly and efficiently convey the required information to the students so that they can learn the information and to succeed on the tests.
B) The major limitations to the Tyler rationale is that it does not take into consideration every need of the student. It looks at getting from point A to point B in one way. This is why it is not going to be effective for every student. Especially the students that learn in different ways. This rationale won't benefit them nearly as much. Because it primarily relies on tests. For the students that do not do that well on tests this method will hinder their performance.
C) Perhaps the major benefit in this approach is that it primarily focuses on being efficent. If you can help your class meet the required objectives quickly and efficiently that would be a good thing.
How does Kumashiro define 'commonsense?
Commonsense is the knowledge acquired about certain things that can vary based on the population of people. This knowledge is seen as second nature to the population being studied because of the frequency it is used and thus is not questioned.
Why is it so important to pay attention to the 'common sense'?
It is important to pay attention to common sense because of the huge role it plays in society. Learning about commonsense and the otherwise unquestioned oppressive nature of it in schooling is the first step to change. By trying to acknowledge that commonsense is biased and oppressive would make people less oblivious to the particular issue, which could eventually lead to change!