Monday, November 30, 2015

"Empowering Education" by Ira Shor


 "EmpoweringEducation" by Ira Shor  discusses different methods of learning and teaching in the classroom. It discusses how classrooms today are too focused on drilling information and memorization rather than thinking critically and making connections which will benefit students later on in problem solving and real life experience.

 1- "In a curriculum that encourages student questioning, the teacher avoids unilateral transfer of knowledge. She or he helps students develop their intellectual and emotional powers to examine their learning in school, their everyday experience, and the conditions in society. Empowered students make meaning and act from reflection, instead of memorizing facts and values handed to them."

I believe this quote is stating that in a curriculum where the teachers encourage their students to be involved and ask questions, they are also avoiding a "transfer of knowledge" . Not only does the teacher help the students to learn in school, but he or she helps them to learn in everyday experience and in the society. Lastly empowered students actually learn what they have been taught instead of just memorizing it and turning it in for the grade.

2- "A critical and empowering class begins by examining its subject matter from the students' point of view and by helping students see themselves as knowledgeable people. I wanted them to take, from day one, a critical attitude towards their knowledge, their writing habits, and their education."

This quote makes total sense. A good way of teaching is by finding the students' point of views and hearing their input. This will also show themselves that they are knowledgeable people and they need to see their attitude towards their knowledge, and education. I think if they can succeed with all of these credentials, they will have an easier and more fun time learning.

3- " The teacher plays a key role in the critical classroom. Students participation and positive emotion are influenced by the teacher's commitment to both. One limit to this commitment comes from the teacher's development in tradition. In schools where passive, competitive; and authoritarian method, dominated. As student teachers learned early and often that to be a teacher means talking a lot and being in charge."

This quote makes me think of Delpit, when she argues that there are rules and codes of power, and in the classroom the teacher has to explicitly teach these rules and codes to the students, especially because many of them may not learn them at home.

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