ECS 200

Socio-Political Constructions of Schooling

3 – Something all teachers must consider, is the fact that all schools are different even in the same community, not all students have the same resources available at home as they do at school, and not all students are treated the same. Take for example, a school in an upper-class neighbourhood. One can assume all students are upper-middle class, most students parents have time and money to contribute to their children’s school, parents care about their childs education, and most are probably the dominant race in their society. This school will likely have most support from the community, and students will most likely be pushed to have a college degree if their parents do. This school is obviously not equal to the school with the lower class students, not as much funding, and parents are usually not as invested in their learning.  I believe that these schools would definitely not be equal, but also the students in the school are most likely not on the same playing field with each other. Boys seem to get into big trouble more than girls, and boys of the minority are even more likely to get into trouble. Is this a coincidence? I think not.

2- I have realized recently that the people who develop and create the curriculum is mainly the government, that takes most influence and ideas from parents as opposed to teachers. I do not believe parents have more knowledge on what students should know than teachers, but that is who ultimately gets to decide. I connected this understanding to the push back of progressivism and reconstructionism in schools because some parents want students to learn the ways they probably did which is traditional view points and set outcomes they must hit. Teachers are not attempting to change our education system completely, but maybe begin including new ideas that students should be taught about in new ways. I also connected my learning from ECS 210 and the ideas in which how the government implements new curriculum’s. Why are students and teachers the last consulted if they are the most affected by curriculum change?

1- Some questions I have may be, how can we recognize and make sure we are not tracking our students? Is there a way to recognize and defeat tracking within our classroom?


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