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Lecture 7 November 5 2012 Consuming Schools  The main argument is that we are becoming more consumers than citizens.  Schools will either promote more consumerism or more democracy.  We will either be raised to become consumers or democratic Key 20 Century American Educationalists  Dewey- o the social dimensions of learning and thinking o Importance of social and cultural context o He is arguing this is a limitation of the approach o He goes far in fore fronting the social objections in education  Bethune o One of the most influential black women in education o Founded schools for black girls, emphasized Christian education o Her major contribution through personal influence and strong character was a powerful role model o Important in supporting Christianity o Still a very strong advocate of Christian Values in Education.  Counts o To understand schools one must understand the culture. o Focus on international issues; Founded “Global ED” o Started program for foreign exchange students  Tyler (Not Taylor) o First specialist in Assessment and Evaluation o ‘Invented” Instructional Objectives o Had a PHD, spent most of their lives as a professor in university o Did studies, research, surveys etc. ( he was a theorist) o He founded the area of assessing and evaluating Important Educational Movement:  It’s extremely North American  Originated in the US.  Its known as “Progressivism”  Dewey was main proponent o Learning should arise from the intrinsic interests and needs of the child. o Education should include practical experiences  Hands on learning  Learning by doing  The kids are the most important thing in the classroom  There is something in these kids that make them want to learn which is a starting point for teachers  Child centered Learning is education that is revolved around the child  Kids learn better when they are experimenting or actually doing things in the classroom Political Dimensions of Education  Justice and Fairness is a key component of the political aspect of education  Respect and Recognition What is democracy?  Democracy is: o Self- Determination  Setting your own role in society  Ability of a person or all people to determine their fate or their future. o Shared rule and power o Inclusion and Respect for difference o Ruled by majori
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