Is the educational status quo entrenching inequality?
“Education must resolve the teacher-student contradiction, exchanging the role of depositor, prescriber, domesticator, for the role of student among students.”
Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 1968
“Education still hasn’t learned that poorly designed curricula generate poor performance in both teacher and students.”
Siegfried Engelmann, Academic Child Abuse, 1992
Confused cargo cult ideas are damaging education
In their early encounters with Westerners, Pacific islanders saw cargo being delivered to islands from the sky. What seemed to them to draw in cargo were headphones, handsignals and landing strips. To attract deliveries of goods, they set up ‘cargo cults’ to build crude imitation landing strips and mimic the handsignals they observed of the people operating them, using coconut shells as headphones. They were then puzzled when the goods failed to materialise.
Some time in the late 20th and turn of…
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