Schoolkids aren’t conscripts in your ideological army!

12 09 2007

New evidence that real “education” for young people isn’t necessarily what keeps their elders feeling self-righteous, fully employed and in control of the culture. . .

“Teacher Education With an Attitude:
Preparing Teachers to Educate Working-Class Students in Their Collective Self-Interest”

reviewed by Rosetta Cohen — August 27, 2007
Teachers College Record
ID Number: 14592

Open access to Columbia Teachers College articles is fleeting so read it now if you can. It sounds to me as if the book and its sympathetic reviewer equate class warfare, collectivist politics and “social justice” activism, with the public schools we all support by law:

The old saw that all one needs to be a good teacher is a good grounding in one of the arts or sciences continues to be floated . . .[but] left-leaning critics want more teacher preparation in areas like cultural studies, social theory, multiculturalism, anti-racism and social class.
. . .Taken together, the Finns’ book provides a persuasive argument for integrating a social justice orientation into teacher education, at every stage of a teacher’s career. . . . one is constantly reminded that the work of teaching is the work of cultural transformation and social reform—a truth that can get lost under the pressures of high stakes testing, budget cuts, and other ubiquitous assaults on this most valuable profession.

Gee, could the assaults be ubiquitous because this definition of teaching keeps causing conflict? Maybe the public has a very different “truth” about the “work of teaching” that we support as valuable, maybe something like educating kids academically to think for themselves rather than indoctrinating them into some social reform movement on our dime? And don’t I remember something about public school “transmitting” the culture rather than “transforming” it, and some truth about how the citizens operate schools and direct the “work of teachers” rather than the other way around?

I see this self-righteous (and imo illiberal) view of the next generation as a ready-made constituency of malleable conscripts into some ideological army as not much different than Generation Joshua and Jesus Camp, except that the public isn’t forced by the State to support what goes on in THOSE indoctrination camps. . .

So hmmm, maybe we need to just accept that and put these on even footing. And then figure out some other ways to actually educate all the curious kids, who want to learn to think for themselves without forced-choice answers set in stone before their time — hey, how about newspapers and libraries and colleges and the Internet, no collectivist intercessionaries need apply?



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12 09 2007
12 09 2007

If you lean left, don’t get your cat’s tiny pants in a bunch. 😉

I mean it when I say the other side is just as self-righteous about saving public schoolkids with their own ideology and they are just as wrong (not MORE wrong, just AS wrong) —

“Now even public schoolteachers are using prayer oil smeared on desks to help kids pass standardized government tests (seems the tests are too tough for regular prayer, it needs the magic touch.)
So maybe all government schoolteachers need prayer lessons, too, if we want America to “win” at education? — and a merciful god of education to whom they can pray effectively . . .

Prayer in Schools
by Christian Educators Association International

Prayer is alive and well in Public schools throughout the country. Yes, legislation has placed some boundaries on prayer in schools. But no one law can hinder the silent prayers of teachers and the spoken prayers of students.

Teachers, here are some tips to legally integrate prayer into your daily lessons:

* Arrive early before the students and pray for each student while sitting in their desks. This will give you a student’s perspective of your classroom.
* If in the faculty room, bow your head and give grace for your lunch
* Pray quietly for students as they walk past you in the hallway
* Pray daily for three teachers that are in your hallway.

Also remember that students have more rights to pray in schools than teachers.

So pray that God raises up student leaders to become prayer warriors in your school.

13 09 2007
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