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Am I the Person they had wished to create?

I honestly have been thinking long and hard and I am not quite sure what types of citizenship education I received… maybe none?  I don’t ever remember doing food drives or donations within my school and definitely don’t remember EVER talking about the struggles that so many other people faced.  I guess my best bet to get to the bottom of my citizenship education is to potentially break it down by each type I read about.

The personally responsible citizen:

  • I mean as many schools, my school had laws and rules and if we didn’t follow them we got detention, suspension or expulsion. Also, when bad things happened we were always guaranteed to have an assembly with the police ESPECIALLY around Halloween.
  • We did the annual garbage pick up around town – basically we walked around town and picked up the odd piece of garbage but mainly did it for the fresh air and not having to do school work.
  • We learnt about recycling and had to recycle but that’s where it ended nothing happened we it.
  • We were definitely expected to be the best person that we could be and had to follow the “golden rule” which was of course posted in every classroom!

The participatory citizen/The justice oriented citizen.:

  • Nothing really for this one we really didn’t go above and beyond the call of duty on being a good person – we weren’t encouraged to be amazing.  We did the bare minimum and that’s about all…

Maybe it’s because reading week is around the corner, or maybe it’s because I am just drawing a blank, OR maybe just maybe it had nothing to do with curriculum.  I feel like everything about being a good person had to do with the hidden curriculum and wasn’t necessarily something my teachers had to do.  I honestly don’t really know what to say to ” Explore what this approach to the curriculum made (im)possible in regards to citizenship” maybe you can help me out, get my brain going for one last thing before reading week where I will be sleeping A LOT and doing some homework.

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How the curriculum is built:

Before reading the article I thought that curriculum was based off of policies that were put into place through the Saskatchewan Teacher Federation, building off of prior years to plan for higher years.  I believed it was scaffolded off of what was required each year to lay out what needed to be taught.

 

The reading explained how curricula is developed through government and academic scholars who lay out the importance of subjects and content.  It concerns me that non-educators have an influence and impact on the curriculum that teachers teach their students.  I think it is important that the top six scholars don’t have the final say on curriculum and having non-educated people probably level out the votes and content of the curriculum.  I also feel like it is very important for specific areas to outline the curriculum that is taught and influence the region.

  • This was very interesting in the aspects of how curriculum is actually built and influences.
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Is commonsense teaching really the best way? Not likely!

What does it mean to be a “good” student according to the commonsense?

  • sitting and behaving
  • listening and following the rules
  • doing EXACTLY what the instructions say
  • Not being your own person
  • Learning and absorbing all of the knowledge the teacher throws at you

Which students are privileged by this definition of the good student?

  • the academic scholar
  • the successful student with no disabilities or delays
  • the student who is good at notes and good at absorbing knowledge quickly

What is made impossible to see/understand/believe because of these commonsense ideas?

  • It is impossible to see every child’s full potential
  • It is hard to understand what the child does actually know
  • It is difficult to believe that every child can be successful
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Don’t just stand there… Stand up!

“Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire.

This is a quote that I have been talking about and thinking about often within my pursue to getting my degree… Sometimes not saying anything is saying everything to the person that is powerless.  In conversations within seminar and other classes we have talked about teachers not sticking up for students and letting the bullying happen and that’s not ok! As an inspiring teacher it is not just our job to teach our students subjects we need to teach them, help them, and guide them.  I think it is heartbreaking to hear some of the stories of students struggles when teachers hear but don’t help, you could make the world of difference for one student!

This quote related to the hidden curriculum, not everything you teach is laid out within the curriculum but teaching them important life lessons is equally important.  In too many children’s lives school is their safe place, so we need to be respectful of this.

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My problems with the Tyler rationale

The ways in which you may have experience the Tyler rationale in your own schooling?

The Tyler rationale was throughout many areas of my education, where teachers were more concerned about what they were teaching or telling their students then what they were actually understanding.  As a child who struggled through most of her education as “being lost in the system” I have honestly said that none of my teachers really paid attention to how I learnt and only truly cared about what I learnt.  Although I learned many coping methods and my mom assisted me throughout all of my schooling I made it through the test after test after test, but barely.

Another way that the rationale was used in our schools was those tests that the whole school division did to see what you learnt in specific classes and they didn’t even care what child knew what they only truly cared about what school learnt what.  Like for instance we did one for math where this brown envelope was delivered and we didn’t even have to put our names on it, and we all did the test and it went back into the envelope marked “Whitewood School” and was sent to division to see what exactly we knew.

What are the major limitations of the Tyler rationale/what does it make impossible?

I think the limitations of the Tyler rationale is that many students will learning delays or disabilities it doesn’t take into consideration their needs to succeed, or students who struggle don’t have the supports that they need to learn best.  Many students unfortunately don’t have a parent that will help them through their schooling (I believe it is even less now a days), so only focussing on the end results doesn’t help many students.  This rationale isn’t stopping the trend of kids struggling through school until they eventually drop out, it’s not helping the teen that just moved to Canada who doesn’t know English, the times are changing and I think the school systems need to make changes as well.

 What are some potential benefits/what is made possible?

I’m sure there are potential benefits to this rationale, seeing as it has been around for awhile however it doesn’t benefit enough students.  I guess this rationale show’s exactly who knows what when teaching a specific way and it is an easy way for teachers to teach one way to 30 kids it’s just not practical especially in today’s society.

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Common Sense within the schools

Kumashiro’s definition of common sense is that reoccurring and never changing curriculum or teachings within the school system.  It is believed to be something that everyone knows and understands, and has been occurring, or the same for awhile.  The problems that arise with common sense in the school system is that things have been/are oppressive teachings or teaching styles, and that common-sense teaching or teaching styles that are being repeated are encouraging such things as discrimination and privilege.  The difficulty of common sense is that it is usually within someone’s comfort zone, because not many people want to be the change, or experience change because to many change is scary and intimidating.  However, if no one is willing to change these common senses of teaching then these oppressive lessons will forever be apart of society, and as a human species no one is going to become a better person.

I think it is very important to pay attention to the common senses of teaching and everyday life because we are shaping the next generation and are strongly influencing the future society, and by today we should be working to become a better society, with better people, and a better understanding of the past oppression, racism, and other isms that we have learnt about and continue to learn about.    I also think being aware of and paying close attention to common senses around teaching we will be better able to understand how not to do things, and how not to teach them.