In his essay, “Hidden Intellectualism,” Gerald Graff criticizes schools “for missing the opportunity to tap into such street smarts and channel them into good academic work” (244). Graff argues that intellectualism does not only have to be something that is achieved through this idea of “proper” education which is obtained through school work, but it can also come from the form of “street smarts” which is referred to those who learn things outside of an academic environment, for example their neighborhood. He makes a good point here because if a student is more interested in what is being taught, they will be more likely to engage in the lesson and obtain the information. Schools should give students the opportunity whether they are interested
While reading Gerald Graffs, “Hidden Intellectualism,” I have come to appreciate his ideals and views between both,” book smarts,” and,” street smarts.” In this article he puts into perspective the relevance of intellectualism among less traditional academic views by considering a student’s environment and common interests. By walking through his adolescent experiences, he explains his personal development of skills and intelligence to bring light of a new conceptual way of teaching and engaging the students interest in a classroom. In,” Hidden Intellectualism,” Graff points out how many people associate street smarts with anti-intellectual concerns. For example, ones personal interest as opposed to traditional academic teachings, such as Shakespeare.
In Gerald Graff’s article “Hidden Intellectualism,” from the 2003 copy of They Say I Say, the author explores the idea of what true intellectualism is by recalling pieces of his childhood. The way schools and society view intellectualism comes in to questions as being one sided or false altogether . There remain several sides to the argument regarding education and include anything regarding what should be taught, how it should be taught, and what marks the mastering of a subject. With true education as well as the proper way to teach being a heavily debated topic of controversy, the question of the right way to teach is heavily sought after. Public education has always been a topic of intense controversy in the United States since its early founding years.
Goldbaltt states that “power relations, historical oppression, and the role of the dominant culture” are factors that a teacher needs to consider before participating in a program promoting social change (69). To insure a mutual benefit, instructors should communicate with their community partners about the goals and outcomes they wish to establish with this partnership and insure it correlates with the goal for the students’
A child’s education is affected by various elements such as gender, race, environment, economic factors, privilege, and more. These elements shape the outcome of a student’s educational experience and learning. They also determine what and how students will learn. In order to create an appropriate learning environment, there should be a sense of community. In other words, the common goal should be helping students succeed and reach their maximum potential.
This concept of common education is implemented by having educational institutions, which are supported by the community, that accept all students from rich to poor. Having this common curriculum removes the advantage of the elite and allows everyone to obtain the same knowledge. While Horace Mann promoted common schooling and equal opportunity to the same knowledge, this ideal of an equalist removes the knowledge of controversial topics in history and political differences. This proclaimed purpose of education was also argued due to the lack of this aspect of education. By educating students of political differences and historical tragedies, pupils can utilize critical thinking skills, formulate their own beliefs, and learn from the nation's past to make informed decisions on issues
When knowledge is used it will expand mans' horizon and open his eyes up to a whole new world and create a new perspective never to be dreamed of, There are so many people with great lengths of knowledge and exceptional talents who aren't allowed to share them, because someone or something is holding them back from expressing themselves. Anthem, a page turning novel, written by Ayn Rand is set in the Dark Ages of the near future where everyone is a unified society and is expected to follow a set of strict rules set by the House of Scholars. The power of knowledge is the strongest thing man can have and all Equality wanted was to learn more in a society that forbid any extension of learning. When Equality was younger he had a "curse" that triggered him to want to learn more, and because of that, teachers punished him for having a quicker mind, since he wasn't equal to the rest of his brothers.
Walden University’s College of Education has a similar vision. In the vision, Walden is “commited to the pursuit of positive social change through education.” The reason I am pursuing this degree is so that my students can do the same thing that Walden is teaching it’s students to do. All of the social activists, presidents and CEO’s in this world learned what they know from a teacher. They are able to impact the world, because they were given the tools to do so.
Traditions have been around for years, some being passed down from generation to generation while others are fairly new. Traditions explain why people act certain ways or why certain events happen. From academics, to cultures, to life, people follow their traditions because that is what they have always learned to do, reluctant to change the ways they have always lived. Many are scared of change, especially in traditions that have been around for so long, but changing traditional ways is inevitable because life is always changing. In “Project Classroom Makeover,” the author Cathy Davidson strongly supports changing the traditional education system because it is not keeping up with how modern students learn, with all these advances in technology
Though there have been many philosophies of education over the years, there are two that encompass my belief system most, traditional and progressive. Most educators do not believe both philosophies can exist at the same time; however, during my study it became apparent that the two philosophies do not have to be mutually exclusive. In sharing my personal philosophy of education, I will share the benefits of both theories and how I would like to see them combined for the benefit of my school and
I would agree that today professionals like the idea of having options. Collaborative roles have and is becoming the norm. The scholar- practionier model seems ideal simply because it offers continued education offering more opportunities to strengthen your skills throughout your career. While both models seem to be perpendicular to each other the scholar-praticioner model seems to be more alluring because there are more fields in which one can branh out into. My reasoning for selecting this path is because under the umbrella of this model you can work with different organizations offering expertise advice when it comes to policy making, or a consultant in efforts to help make more informed decesions.
Moreover, I will try to expand on the roles that many social actors, such as teachers, schools and other professionals, play towards the implementation of social justice within education systems, whilst working along other agencies, in order to ensure that all pupils enrolled in schools all around the world are provided with the best opportunities and chances necessary
Dewey’s vision for education could not be any farther from the truth of how today’s school systems operate. Instead of focusing on students’ aptitudes and expanding on them, the Board of Education confines everyone into a box. Any person who doesn’t fit into that box, doesn’t excel in standardized testing, doesn’t have the chance to succeed in life. As Dewey said, “The notion that the essentials of elementary education are the three Rs mechanically treated, is based upon ignorance of the essentials needed for realization of democratic ideals.” Students lose themselves once they reach high school, cemented in the same pattern of just trying to get the work done, never actually enjoying learning.
The diversity of student backgrounds, abilities and learning styles makes each person unique in the way he or she reacts to information. The intersection of diverse student backgrounds and active learning needs a comfortable, positive environment in which to take root. Dr. King continues by explaining, “Education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.” From back then to today’s society, kids are failing because they lack those morals that they need to succeed.
Book Review John Dewey Democracy and Education Democracy and Education was published by John Dewey in 1916. The original title of the book was to be Introduction to the Philosophy of Education but was changed due to the political pressure of the World War. The original title was however retained as the subtitle of the book. The book was written to shed light on the fundamental educational, socio political consequences of the world war, civil war, industrialization, migration etc. Born in 1859 in a largely agrarian American society, Dewey saw the massive changes that American society.