She says, “The pupils should be encouraged to go and forage for proper use of libraries and books of reference, and shown how to tell which sources are authoritative and which are not” (16). Students need to enhance the awareness of things. This quote is consistent with traditional education because students should be trained metaphysically (the truth of the world) and epistemologically (the reality of the world). From the biblical perspective, the Bible addresses the critical thinking. Proverbs 8:33 says, “Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not”.
In order to comprehend the curriculum, you must understand that there needs to be a balance between content and skills which is achieved through ongoing discussions with other educators. Among the instruction portion it is key to know that the purpose is not to cover the curriculum, but uses the instruction flexibly to maximize learning for all students. And most controversially is the topic of grades. Two key factors are reviewed; first, grades should never come as a surprise, second, grading doesn’t improve learning but merely summarizes what has been learned. A recurring line that Cooper emphasizes throughout his work is that schools and teachers must maximize learning for all students.
Gatto also speaks about how boredom comes from oneself, and how we should always find something that interests us. First, Gatto states “Do we really need school?” This is where he starts explaining his opinion and describing his own experience about how schooling is not important. Then he goes on to talk about how school is only teaching us to become good citizens but not to truly educate ourselves and learn more. I personally both agree and disagree with Gatto. However, in many ways I disagree.
In the short story "Hidden Intellectualism" by Gerald Graff, the main idea is to bring acknowledgment to the idea that educators of schools and colleges should incorporate students interest into their teaching. In other words, Graff believes schools and colleges are at fault for not taking the opportunity to use "street smarts" for good academic work (Graff,2010). If Gerald Graff is right about educators needing to incorporate "street smarts" into scholarly works, as I agree, then educators should reevaluate their teaching methods. Students are becoming negligent of gaining knowledge of social interest because it is not encouraged by instructors. Therefore, the only topics students can converse with are related to school work (Graff,2010).
Allan Bloom advances a controversial thesis in his book The Closing of the American Mind. Bloom postulates that the American educational system is failing today’s students by perpetuating moral relativism while neglecting the “great books”. The great books for Bloom include those of Plato, Aristotle, etc. These books are considered great works of western thought as they approach questions of culture and morality and believe there is a correct answer. Contemporary American society no longer seeks answers to these questions as moral relativism destroyed the existence of an answer.
During discussions, teachers are often interested to hear students arguing about their own standpoints rather than the actual takeaways from the paper. Structure like this in classrooms only validates that students are able to argue but, diminishes the opportunities of creating values to the scholarly work and voicing out from the side that share the same opinion as the author. This leads to academic rewards for these arguing students as suggested by Deborah Tannen, leaving the rest to believe that they are not good enough for the academia. Based on personal experience, I would like to add that such agonism demotivates students to explore knowledge outside of their field and creates an impression that they are never meant to explore topics that they are least expert at. This structure has to be reshaped to bring back the original goals of criticizing work so that there is a value for everyone in the
I found it difficult to formulate questions from each level of Bloom’s taxonomy, consequently, I may have devised questions to simple, or unclear to truly evaluate the comprehension of the student. For example, one of the questions I asked was “can you think of extra personal connections to the book?” I mistakenly asked the question in such a way that the student could simply say no (which is what happened). In the text “How to Take Running Records” the importance of comprehension is emphasized (Alphakids Assessment Kit Teacher’s Guide, 2002, p.10). Aiding students as they become critics and analysts of written work is part of the role of the teacher. If I expect both an accurate view of student abilities and a comprehensive running record, it is my duty to practice creating effective questions addressing all levels of comprehension!
Dewey’s philosophy of education rooted itself in the idea of learning by doing, this was in contrast to typical, traditional common schools, the curriculum did not focus on students listening to a teacher lecture while they sat attentively in the classroom. Dewey’s method was hands on and child-centered. Creativity, self-development and a push back against standardization characterized Dewey’s model of education. The progressive movement was primarily an effort to change the philosophy of teaching concerning the development of students and curriculum
Education should not just be about our academics or else we will never get anywhere. It should also be about how to prepare yourself for real-world problems. In school, the teachers are focused more on our academics than our life problems. Although the school does teach us some of the basic life skills that we need, they do not teach us the most important ones that revolve around our lives every single day. “Though high school and college are excellent in
to develop students' intellectual and moral qualities. Perennialist classrooms are also centered on teachers in order to accomplish these goals. The teachers are not concerned about the students' interests or experiences. They use tried and true teaching methods and techniques that are believed to be most beneficial to disciplining students' minds. The perennialist curriculum is universal and is based on their view that all human beings possess the same essential nature.
Gutting and Edmundson both blame the structure of the education system, but at the same time it sounds like the change needs to come only from students. In their book I wouldn’t always be their “ideal” student that is depending on the classes they would teach me. Like Gutting said colleges sometimes give unnecessary courses, so it can be hard to be interested in something that in no way relates to your major. If one of the authors were instructors in one of my unnecessary” classes they probably would make comments that I’m “weak minded” or “not genius”. However, if they taught in one of my classes that I actually have an interest in I might have a shot of being their perfect student they have conversations about on the
Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.” The point of school is not just to memorize facts, but to build character and learn from both the mistakes and successes of others. This is very close to Westside’s view on school, but very different from Fahrenheit 451’s perspective on education, where they do not care about the
The key feature of the RTI paradigm shift is using the proactive approach to replace the reactive one. The proactive approach emphasizes on preventing a problem before it happens by the use of intensive instruction. To fill the small gaps before it getting bigger, the RTI requires classroom teachers to instruct all children, rather than waiting for the large enough discrepancy to validating a child for special
I was forced to try different approaches and decided to stop being overly friendly and start having a more authoritative role. In addition to flexibility, I found it was extremely important to uphold the competency of self-control when working with students with DD. Self-Control is the ability to control your emotions and not let them interfere with the way you provide support and care. Working with J.K. was sometimes difficult and I would often leave his classroom feeling defeated. However, I did not let these feelings show during my time with the students and I tried my best shrug off the bad days by continuing to work towards future
However, as much as I wished that the writing process would come naturally to me, it didn’t. I was always told what to write about and how to write it, but that process always brought up the questions of “Am I meeting the prompt requirements?” or “Does this make any sense to my reader?” According to Robinson’s video on the education system, he brings up the idea of “divergent thinking.” This is the idea that students should have the ability to seek multiple ways to answer or interpret something. Sir Ken Robinson’s thoughts struck me, because if I would have thought this way throughout all my writing endeavors, I could have challenged myself and pushed the boundaries on all of my writing assignments. With the idea of divergent thinking, students are allowed the chance to have a sense of identity within their writing, and through the use of encouragement students will be inspired to be more imaginative throughout their learning process. This will transform the way students take the information they are learning to a new