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Why Do You Ask?

From asking questions that require an answer To asking questions that require a conversation.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Book Report - Part 1

Reading Teaching as a Subversive Activity. Chapter 1 thoughts.
The book was written in 1969. It is 40 years old. The fact that the information rings true today is a testament that the author's are correct in their assertion that schools, and teachers, are more focused on curriculum than they are on learning.
Three reasons why teaching should be subversive. I'm most attracted to the inference of "if not schools, then who?" Exponential change due to technology requires us to rethink what is important for students.
Questions - is it that we should abandon the classic learning in favor of teaching "survival skills" in the modern age? If not, then time becomes the issue once again.
I did like their opinion on the one-way delivery of information that infiltrated American society in the 1960s. In the words of John Mayer - "When you own the information, you can bend it all you want." That was the experience I remember in the 1970s. It was not a liberal vs. conservative media. It was media...even the Watergate reporting was a one way delivery.
This approach has led to the revisionist history we experience today. In the word of the authors, I'm not saying revisionist is "good" or "bad." I'm just saying it exists.
I'm looking forward to reading more. The method is the message has my attention now.
 From R. Murry

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