- I learned that schools can be categorized into 4 different types. These types are: working class, middle class, affluent professional, and executive elite. Each of these types of schools differ from one another based on their process of work and their control. For example, the middle class school focuses on getting the right answer whereas the affluent professional school focusses more on creative activity carried out independently
- I learned that the hidden curriculum is the “unwritten, unofficial, and often unintended lessons, values, and perspectives that students learn in school”. The hidden curriculum that students are being taught is strongly influenced by the teacher they have. The teacher’s beliefs and own experiences affect the message that they are intentionally or not intentionally giving their students. Michael Appel explains this when he says, “common sense assumptions and practices about teaching and learning, normal and abnormal behaviour, important and unimportant knowledge, and so forth are conditions and forms of interaction that reproduce structures of inequality”.
- I learned that when talking about power, it is first of all important to know that there are issues of power in classrooms. The power that exists in the classroom directly reflects the beliefs of those that are in power, therefore those in power are often less aware of its existence and vise versa.
- One connection I made was with Ken Robinson’s video where he talks about divergent thinking. I agree with him how young children are geniuses in divergent thinking until they are educated in a way that makes them only look for one right answer. I relate this back to the KHS 139 class I am taking this semester because in that class I’ve learned that as children grow up they are less active because they are less creative and more concerned about doing things right. In both cases it is with education and maturation that children lose their creativity and their divergent thinking.
2. With these readings and the lecture, I was able to identify that the school I went to falls into the middle-class type. Based on what our work was focused on and the control in the school I can say that most classes were focused on getting the right answer and creativity was only important in certain classes such as art or sometimes ELA.
One question I have is, with the different types of schools we have, is there one that is considered better than the others? Are there certain schools that are more favorable to parents looking to register their children?