TEAC 331 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Meriam Report, Felix Weingartner, Luther Standing Bear

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Low-Tech Discussion Board:
How can you explore personal curiosities if you're not exposed to them in
the first place?
Postman and Weingartner
Brown v. Board of Education
Making accommodations and changing the way people with physical,
social, or emotional limitations are perceived or held back
The great equalizer of our society
"School is the Nexus of our society"
School both subverts and replicates the social order
Premise that most of schooling does not feel relevant to students ("why are we
learning this?" "what is worth knowing?)
What is worth knowing?
Broaches themes of freedom, autonomy, and self-determination that will echo
across this course
Questions worth asking?
What are habits of how we conduct school that are worth being asked, but that
we don't ask because they are so ordinary that we don't even notice them?
Why is K-12 free, but before and after something that needs to be paid for
(pre-school and college)?
If we know that early childhood education is so important/influential and
in the public interest, why don't we make learning opportunities at those
ages free?
If college is becoming a social obligation, why is it still set up as an option
in regards to payment (shouldn't it be free if it is a requirement like K-12?)
Why do we think elementary teachers can be generalists (teaching
reading, writing, math, science, social studies, etc. thus having 25 student
loads) but that secondary education teachers should be content
specialists and teach the same topic over and over again but face a
student load of 175 or more?
Why do we think that surrounding ELLs with others who don't speak
English well will expedite their acquisition of English?
When asking, you don't have to disagree with what they are, but should rather
just be asking in the first place (don't just go with the flow through everything!)
Lowamaima and McCarthy
Could be a multicultural ed book, but we are reading it in a different perspective
(who are schools designed for?)
Many commonalities between the two classes
Who was Lewis Meriam and what was the Meriam Report (which this quote
comes from)?
What rights do students and their families have to determine what their
children learn?
Claims from the preface:
History is a social construction… and no historical account is disinterested
or historically neutral
Forces of standardization can be dangerous
Parents (native and non-native alike) should be trusted with the owners
of choice and self-determination
We should create and live within a "critically conscious democracy"
Schooling of American Indiand has often been "colonial"
It is erroneous/hazardous to infer a static or backward "old culture"
Note standing bear and luther standing bear are not the same person
Luther standing bear= all were/can be teachers and american. Indian cosmology
could save America
Tuesday, August 28
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
2:13 PM
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