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Colonizing the Student: “Constructive & Chaotic”

24 February 2010 Education

In a previous post, I demonstrated the number of different interpretations that exist in a classroom. The question that I left with was this: “How does this serve the student? Is it constructive or chaotic?” The answer to the latter question is “YES.”

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Colonizing the Student: “Creating Diversity and Difference”

31 January 2010 Education

The classroom is a text. Under traditional models of teaching, the teacher would be considered the author and the students are the readers. As the teacher attempts to convey monolithic meaning, the students receive and interpret the monolith in their own ways through their own viewpoints. Thus, if I have 15 students, then 16 of us are producing meaning: 1 author + 15 readers = 16 makers or meaning.

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Colonizing the Student: “Craving Difference”

15 January 2010 Education

Now we come it: colonizing the student. What do I mean by that?

As I mentioned earlier, I think that the relationship between teacher and student could, in dysfunctional situations, be compared to the relationship between the colonizer and the colonized.

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Colonizing the Student: “The Purpose of the Educator”

14 January 2010 Education

The student’s brain is traveling down a dark road, and the teacher’s hope is to entice it to make a stop at some intersection and buy some goods, some snacks for the road. Occasionally, it will stop in for a full meal or maybe stay the night in one of the roadside motels. We put the student in front of our favorite authors, our favorite thinkers, our favorite teachers, the people and ideas that challenged and stretched us, and ask them to tell us what they think about it. This is the bait. If we get a nibble, we’re usually pleased. If we get a real bite and then we’re able to reel them in, then we’re really jazzed.

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Colonizing the Student: “Introduction”

10 January 2010 Education

Lately, I’ve been thinking about educational theory. As I’ve been doing this, I’ve been reading a variety of essays about race and class struggles as well as some texts dealing with genocide and imperialism in Africa. Perhaps an odd combination when it comes to thinking about students…

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