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?


Pierce said...

I think that schools are always to blame because people do not want to deal with the larger issues of society. There are many social issues such as poverty, homelessness, and drugs that have an effect on the classroom. However, the social issues seem to be rejected as a cause for any educational issues when they do play a role in these issues that are dealt with by educational institutions.

Dougyfresh04 said...

this essay really summarizes their arugement


I find it amusing that he too fails to even discuss any of the question both of you have brought up.