The Mushkegowuk Cree
have found a unique and special way of growing the faith and development of
their community and the livelihood of their people. It is so different from the way that western
ideology has expressed how and what to value in life, and it definitely shows
in terms of the education that most of us have been taught.
They have been able
to show forms of reinhabitation by involving the youth and all generations in
different activities and community excursions as a way to develop
awareness. This also helps in terms of
cultural development and understanding.
As each generation grows and adapts to the western world that is fairly
unavoidable, they find it extremely important to share with and help the
youth. The elders and community leaders
have developed a program that helps the youth learn and experience the values
of their ancestors and the importance of the land. paquataskamik is significant because it refers
to the historical relationship to land which encompasses a much larger area
than the reserve or family camps .The
relationship that the Mushkegowuk Cree have with the land and the river is
absolutely crucial in their lives. They
believe that by sharing the importance of the land and their peoples
relationship to the land, they will be able to develop an understanding and
respect that can be utilized in all areas of life. They also talk a great deal about the
importance of the river. The river is
the main connection between their people.
Their people believe that by appreciating the river and all that is has
done for the people, they will understand the importance of relationships and
bond between them.
I believe it is
crucial to be able to take the product of what you teach as an educator and
allow it to have meaning inside and outside of the classroom. All of their lessons and stories allow for
each student to grow as a human being which is very unique. I hope that I will be able to use this
because I am majoring in health and i believe that it can be used as a great
tool to express the importance of treating yourself and others with the respect
they deserve. I may not be able to have
the spiritual connection to the earth and the world as they do, but that does
not mean I can not learn or bring in people who have that greater understanding. Being open minded and developing
relationships with people in and out of the community will give me the ability
to become a well rounded and meaningful educator
I believe that the development of curriculum is solely based
on the level of satisfaction of the majority.
People who have power are ultimately the ones that get to voice their
opinion and have a say as to what children of today get to learn. I imagine the process of changing curriculum is
extremely difficult and creating progressive ideologies and teaching outside
the box is quite frowned upon. The
government most likely has its way of controlling the outcomes and development
of curriculum, as their goal would be satisfying the people who have equal or
higher social standing. To create a
curriculum with respect to all races, genders, classes, etc., they would no longer
be appealing to the people of power and influence, which would most likely
result in a lack of support. Since the
governments job is to stay in power as long as possible, this would be hard to
After reading the article, one of the most shocking things I
found about the politics and policies of curriculum is knowing how many
different groups of people are involved in the process. Not only the different groups are significant,
but the different levels of government, local groups, and community influencers
that have a say in it as well. I never
thought about the community as a contributor, but now thinking about the
importance of what a province or city feels they need in workers and
employment, it makes sense. I am not
shocked by the intense involvement of the government, but it does worry me that
their main concern is the approval of the people in power. This no longer shows the focus of developing
the student but ensuring the vote. The focus
should be on the people who are receiving the education because they are going
to be the future leaders of the world.
When reading the assigned
readings for this week, I was able to attach a bunch of different lessons that
I have been learning in my education courses over the past two weeks. I have been learning about focusing on our
position in a student’s life, and what our role should be for that
student. This poses many different
issues because not all students can be affected the same way by the type of
teacher you want to be. In the chapter
it essentially explains that students should be a blank canvas. This would allow teachers to mold and add to
them however they please. They need to
have the ability to sit quiet, engage nicely with students, and have the focus
to attain all information that is being shared with them, and take that
information in the context that the teacher wants them to. No student comes with a blank slate to work with. They all have a past and an understanding of
the world that may differ from what is expected of them.
The kids that usually get to fit into the mold of what is a good student are the children that are part of the majority. This favours children in a way that already instills the hierarchy of power at a young age by expressing favouritism and success for children who fit in that mold. This allows us as learning educators to find the subtle flaws in how we relate and understand the students we one day will be involved with. We need to have the understanding that all kids have their own way of learning, and that we as educators should not punish them for that. Is it our responsibility to help them either learn in their best way or help them find ways to develop in other ways of learning to give them the best opportunity possible.
” Schools serve the same social
functions as prisons and mental institutions- to define, classify, control, and
regulate people.” -Michel
I found this quote when I was looking up different
theorists and I found it to be extremely blunt, invasive, and quite intriguing. Even though this quote may not point you in
the right direction as to how you should change things in the education world,
but it points you away from what you do not want to be as an educator. When I started thinking about this quote, it
made me reflect on my own experience in education. It reminded me of all the times that I failed,
or the times where I did not agree with what I was being taught. Sometimes it makes me think that the best way
some teachers could push progress on us was by making sure we knew about our
failures as a student. The idea that
fear of not being normal may have been enough to just push us through the
Teacher’s have one of the hardest jobs out
there. They are responsible for teaching
certain curriculum and material that is given to them from above and can find
the ways to teach that information in the most efficient and diverse ways
depending on how each student learns. And
it is the student’s job to understand and develop the skills that each lesson
has to offer. The interaction that
happens in the middle is the most important part of it all. Teachers and students need to have the
ability to grow relationships, trust, and understanding of one another to grow
and develop as individuals.
I grew up with the idea that success in the classroom meant you received a better mark on the test than your friend next to you. It was simple to measure success when it came in the form of a percentage. The development of a student’s confidence in the classroom was usually dependant on the marks that they received on those important tests, and that would lead them down very different paths. I remember sitting in my grade five or six class, watching our teacher stress about the importance of the standardized test as she preached and paced across the room. Among the pressure she put on us to remember specific answers and equations, was a true lack of understanding. I did not know why we were learning about each of those topics, but I knew they were important for the standardized test we were going to be taking part of. I believe that young students need to understand the reason as to why they are learning the subjects and topics that are being covered because it gives them reason to pay attention and focus.
are many limitations to the Tyler Rationale.
One of them would be the focus on the objectives, compared to the focus
on the student. When the focus is based
on the substance of the topic, there is a lack of experience between the
teacher and student, which usually results in the student losing their opinion
and voice in the process. Another limitation
is the focus on measurable outcomes. Once
a teacher has stopped focusing on the experience of the student and the
development of the student as a whole and creates an enviroment that allows all
actions and results to be measured, they will have lost the connection to the
classroom. This will affect students’
abilities to feel like they can speak freely or share opinions without being
graded or judged. This method ultimately
makes it impossible for students to be graded and acknowledged for their own
personal growth throughout the class because they are constantly being compared
to the expectations of the outcomes.
The potential benefits of the Tyler Rationale are that it is a good tool for teachers to see the end goal and have a direction in which they can focus the class. This allows them to be able to organize and develop plans that have direction, but they should not fear the unexplored area around the various topics, that allow the students to feel like they can explore ideas of their own. I believe that is important for students because it can develop their ability to pursue ideas and information on their own, compared to being forced towards one direction of learning. I believe that there are good aspects of the Tyler Rationale that should be taken into consideration when preparing the class objectives and goals, but the teacher needs to remain the voice and leader of the classroom, that allows their children to grow and develop in their own way.
Kumashiro describes common sense in a way that most people would not understand until they get the opportunity to read his point of view. Every person has their own opinion of what common sense is, and it usually only applies to that one person’s beliefs. We live in a world that is structured and explained to us, only by the morals and beliefs of those who are in power and have the status to create our common sense. He uses examples comparing our way of living compared to those of other countries. It is our belief, people of the North American lifestyle, to believe that whatever we are doing here is correct and common sense.
As a white, heterosexual male born into a middle-class family, everything that I have learned and been exposed to in life has been created for people exactly like me. I have not been exposed to oppression or been treated incorrectly solely on the person I am. It is very important for me to challenge what I have been taught as common sense because my views have been shaped by the people in power who have had the same privileges that I have had. This chapter has brought attention to the unseen oppression that many people live with everyday and are taught to accept. Kids at a young age are pushed through a system with a goal of molding them into a “contributing citizen” in a world that has already set the boundaries and limits to what they are capable of. As an aspiring educator, it should be my goal to challenge those limits and allow children to develop without having the pressure to be anyone else but themselves.