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Sunday, November 28, 2010

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Shor- Empowering Education (Connection)

This week’s article was on a well known topic in our class: Empowering education. All this semester we have been taught how we deprive kids of that education, but this article tells us the now what of empowering education. As I was reading I made connections to a few authors that we have read and talked about in class.

My first connection was to Finn and Oakes. Right on the first page of the reading I saw the connection brewing. Finn and Oakes talked about tracking. They said how tracking is something that creates a low performing working class standard education. Once you get rid of tracking all together you can lead kids towards an empowering education. Shor talks about how there is more to learning then the “three R’s” of education. He says, “You must arose children’s curiosity and make them think about school.” This is what an empowering education is about. We must use critical thinking to entice our children to want to learn and get the education they deserve. So they both speak about how we can all be successful through an empowering education.

My second connection was to Christensen. As I read through the article I reached a point where media literacy was just screaming out at me. Christensen in her article talks about how the media does not take responsibility on how it perceives people. She also talks about the large effect the media has on people. She talks about the secret education and how we learn these things from the media without any knowledge that it is happening. Shor talks about this journalism class and how the children were asked to ask questions about the media. The question that stuck out the most was, “Why isn’t the media more accountable for its actions.” This relates right back to Christensen and how the media uses the secret education to teach us things we do not need to know. If the media is going to give us this education, then why not give us a knowledgeable empowering education. The media needs to learn that it is the middle man. It controls how we see society. 

These connections just confirm how good an empowering education can be. If we give our children the chance to grow and learn without putting a tag on them or without having the media give them hidden messages then we could have a very bright future. Here are someways these people thought up to create a more empowering classroom to keep students more engaged. 

In class I would like to discuss how our class really encompasses empowering education.

Extended comments: 

I loved Chris' connections and how he explained them. I loved this quote because this is key to empowering education, "You must arose children’s curiosity and make them think about school.”  If children are not interested or challenged they will not learn anything.  If a child if just given "busy work" learning is associated as boring to them and will be stuck like that for the rest of their life. 

Chris worded this perfectly, "The media needs to learn that it is the middle man. It controls how we see society." It is absolutely true. The media is the center of everything, the books we read, the billboards we see, the clothes we wear the food we eat.  The media is indeed in the middle of every aspect of our life. If the media is so central to our life why aren't we using this to our advantage and including helpful things to empower and inspire our young children? 

I also loved this quote "As a pedagogy and social philosophy, problem-posing focuses on power relations in the classroom, in the institution, in the formation of standard canons of knowledge, and in society at large." Problem posing makes the students really think. It also works out well because it allows the children to see how other people in society would answer the questions. It shows different points of view. 

In class I would like to discuss how to involve problem solving is all aspects of the classroom. 



  2. I agree with both of you completely

  3. i was going to use Chris' as well because I really liked it and agreed with the points he made. I really needed to do a connections post tho :/ haha

  4. I agree with you and i really like your connections

  5. I agree with both you and Chirs points and thought you both did a good job with your connections!