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Education System

My whole experience in school has had many similarities to Tyler’s rationale of schooling. The first question he asks is, “What educational purposes should the school seek to pertain”? That would be the curriculum and outcomes each grade and subject has. Myself and everyone else has, had curriculums and outcomes all throughout elementary, secondary and high school, even in university this can apply. The same goes with how to learn these objectives through sitting in a desk, being organized and always being taught to have good behaviour. The schools would test everyone with the same kind of tests to make sure the students were reaching the standards that were set. Having the students reach these standards was the main goal for Tyler.

With the same learning styles this creates limitations for many students. Not everyone can learn the same way or show what they know through the same styles of tests. Everyone has different abilities, so doing everything the same way creates the limitation for students to effectively learn and show what they learned to their full potential.

Starting somewhere is always a positive outcome. Having education to a certain grade for everyone is good. Creating the ability to breakdown the learning outcomes to help the students learn is something that will be kept within our education system. Learning how to implement this best for our students by getting to know them could be even more beneficial.

‘Common-Sense’

Kumashiro defines common-sense as something that we are brought up into. It is what we find to be normal, because it is what is always done. Common-sense will stay the same, and never change as that is something different and scary. Something differe makes it not common-sense because it is not what we “should” be doing.

Its important to pay attention to the common-sense to be able to point out the oppressive teaching styles. To help teachers come up with new lesson plans that can get rid of the oppressive teaching ways, and bring out new ways of learning. As well as new education like adding in diversity to help minimize the oppressive and ‘common-sense’ seen in ‘different’ people or ‘different’ lesson plans.

Reflection

Part 1: Last Class Outside

November 30th was the last day we had class outside for EOE 224. This class was interesting as we went on a field trip to Victoria Park. Here we walked around and looked at the different art pieces that are scattered throughout, showing how you can combine different lesson plans with outdoor education. At the end we gathered around the statue of John A. McDonald. We reflected on his statue, as well as the debate going around to get the statue removed.

Part 2: Place Sitting

I sat on my deck not wearing the proper clothes for winter. I could feel the light breeze flowing through the fabrics of my clothes and stinging my skin. I notice how the trees had no leaves and were covered in frost. I came to the realization of how different my backyard looks compared to what it looks like in the summer time. In the winter it feels more open where as in the summer it feels more closed off, as the vegetation is thicker. Looking at the white ground I admired how the sun dances off the snow with sparkles of reflection. I smiled at this. With that I noticed how my face was frozen and how the cold air made it tougher to smile.

Classroom Inclusion

Watching the Ted Talk by Dan Habib that was on, ‘Disabling Segregation’ I learned a few things. The first thing I learned was that over half of the kids who have an intellectual and developmental disability spend their school days segregated. It is also proven that students who take part in an inclusive classroom will have 15% higher grades, simply because they are a lot more engaged. Lastly I learned that inclusion benefits both kids with and without disability in a classroom.

At the beginning of the Talk Dan asks a few simple questions. The first one being to picture yourself in your grade school classroom; do you see any kids with and without disabilities studying together? Imagining this I didn’t. The second question being, did you have a best friend who had a significant disability? No I didn’t. Third question was, did you have a boyfriend or girlfriend who had a significant disability? No I have never had a boyfriend with a significant disability. With both my elementary and high school classes, I never had an inclusive class with a student who had a disability. I could connect with more than 95% of the audience, who had the same answers to these questions as me and that answer was no.

As a becoming teacher I believe there are a few things we should focus on when we have the opportunity to have a classroom that is inclusive. First, it is important to look at all the students and focus on their abilities. Then to let their own achievements define them as a person. This leaves me with a question that is, what other things should a teacher who has an inclusive classroom focus on?

Regina Industrial Residential Schooling

This week we were required to watch a documentary on Regina Indian Industrial Schools. Following that, we went to the graveyard where many children from this school were buried with no care. This graveyard was soon forgotten and then was luckily discovered again. The day we went to visit, the weather was very cold. The wind was strong and bone chilling. Standing outside in the weather for Twenty minutes does not compare to how bad the Residential schooling was for the Indigenous children. Many of them died in the schools from malnourishment, over crowding, poor ventilation and from the schools being unsanitary allowing diseases to easily attack them. When these innocent children died they would be buried in this unmark grave, thrown in, over top one of another and not even left with a headstone. This is how it was so easy for the graveyard to be forgotten. To this day, they still do not have a list of all the children who were buried there.

These schools lasted from 1831 – 1996. The entire goal was to assimilate aboriginal children into white children. This affected their way of life by taking away their culture and language, affecting everyone who was in the schools as well as the families to follow after. I cannot imagine how scary it would be to get forced into a school and told that everything I believe in or did was not proper.

This step of recognizing the wrong and talking about it is very well on its way. The next thing is to make sure that people are actively listening so that action can be done to help with reconciliation. It will be a long journey, but I believe with education we can meet halfway.