Blog Topic: Critiques of the School System

Institutional Schooling

“[Critical] pedagogy […] signals how questions of audience, voice, power, and evaluation actively work to construct particular relations between teachers and students, institutions and society, and classrooms and communities. […] Pedagogy in the critical sense illuminates the relationship among knowledge, authority, and power.” — from Giroux, 1994: 30   “From the standpoint of understanding the

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Critical Pedagogy

The Critical Thinking tradition concerns itself primarily with criteria of epistemic adequacy: to be “critical” basically means to be more discerning in recognizing faulty arguments, hasty generalizations, assertions lacking evidence, truth claims based on unreliable authority, ambiguous or obscure concepts, and so forth. For the Critical Thinker, people do not sufficiently analyze the reasons by

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Criteria for a Proper School

1. Children Will Not Be Allowed To Start School Until They Are At Least Nine Years Old. 2. Children Will Not Be Subjected To More Than Two To Three Hours Of Formal Instruction Every Day. 3. Classes Will Be Limited To Five Students Or Less. 4. All Classes Will Be Geared To The Needs Of

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Education’s Rotten Apples

Like other people, educators often hold theories about how the world works, or how one ought to act, that are never named, never checked for accuracy, never even consciously recognized. One of the most popular of these theories is a very appealing blend of pragmatism and relativism that might be called “the more, the merrier.”

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School Failure to Assist the Learning Disabled

As a teacher I never thought I would be home schooling my children one day. I always thought that if I had a child with learning disabilities, I don’t know what I would do, but certainly I would become bald trying! Our children were in the school system for the first few years. We pulled

Topics: Critiques of the School System, Personal Stories, Special Needs

The Value of History, or The Value of Art

These are both tired and rather boring titles for an article, but somehow they seem to capture what happened to me recently in Rotterdam. I was there doing some research and I took some time to go the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum to see an exhibit of drawings and sketches by Peter Breugel the elder,

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Bullying at School

Prevalence One Norwegian study of 130,000 students found that 15% or one student in seven was involved in some practice of bullying: about 9% as victims while the other 6% as bullies (Ziegler & Rosenstein-Manner, 1991). In Peel, 15% of students aged 5 to 19 years would equate to approximately 27,500 children being involved in

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No School Support for Migraines

May I sound off a bit? I had three children who went through ‘the system’ schools, extremely intelligent children, bored with the curriculum… the usual.  I supported them and was very interactive with the teachers. The youngest, once in high school, developed serious migraines and missed numerous days.  Doctors prescribed strong medications, not without side

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The Blaring Radio Analogy

When my daughter started kindergarten, I admit I heaved a sigh of relief. I had worked very hard for the first four years of her life.  I had done a good job.  Now my daytime focus could go to my work and my business.  I could see her sense of calm and confidence about herself. 

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What Are We Preparing For?

We want to be successful in life, right? We want our children to be successful in life, right? Well, maybe not. By successful, we usually mean that a person can take his or her place in our society and be able to make a “decent living.” Of course, no one wants to be homeless or

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