Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Why are schools always blamed?
While indulging in the readings for today's class, I noticed 2 instances where Gutierrez and Lankshear & Knobel casually reject our educational institution... while assuming an optimistic p.o.v. "But rather than taking a pessimistic approach to counter the current conditions of a failing educational system..." (Gutierrez 148) "Whether it was Britain, the US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, much the same stroyline emerged: schools were failing to ensure that all learners became literate to the extent required to live 'effectively' under contemporary conditions" (Lankshear & Knobel 10). We briefly discussed this last week in class, and I know realize that even the most liberating education critics agree that it is the schools that are failing. Often people refuse to look at the bigger picture, by analyzing social, political, and economic failures as well. Why must schools always take the blame?