Jean Piaget Quote

The quote i chose to touch on is a quote by Jean Piaget: “The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men who are capable of doing new things.” To me, this quote is something every future educator should take into consideration. Jean Piaget is going against the system by saying “the goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge.” In every school, you constantly see teachers teaching, testing, then moving on. Piaget knows that this particular way of going about things is problematic. I completely agree when he says that “The goal of education is to create the possibility for a child to invent and discover.” It is important that every teacher lives up to this statement in order for their students to thrive in your classroom. As teachers, we need to hold ourselves responsible for what our students are learning and taking away from schooling. In order to do that we must create endless possibilities for our students to invent and discover. If all teachers functioned in a way that allowed our children ‘invent and discover,’ students may have an overall better time in the classroom.

This relates to my understandings of curriculum because I firmly believe that school puts too much emphasis on cramming our brains with knowledge, we often forget that every child has a different way of learning. By creating new and exciting possibilities for our students to discover, more students would be engaged and perhaps learn more since they are interested.

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What makes a Good Student?

Throughout schooling, we are taught everyday what being a ‘good student’ looks like. Sitting down, proper body language, listening with your eyes and ears, etc. We know now, that these specific tasks are not always easy for everyone. Every student learns in a different way and has reasons for not being able to carry out one or more of the standard classroom rules. Many children cannot learn this way and as future educators, it is our job to ensure that we pass on our knowledge in a way that benefits them. Not every child is the same and it is mandatory that we take that into consideration. Each child’s strengths and weakness’s will vary. We must learn that just because one student cannot adapt to the ‘sit still, listen, do not talk’ rules of a classroom, does not mean they are a poor student.

In chapter 2, Kumashiro touches on how these types of challenges can be frustrating and exhausting for teachers. He also gives a brief explanation as to why commonsense can vary so much dependent on where you live. We have recently learned that something that is common sense to me, may not be to you, and vice versa. So, as teachers, it is our job to not only give them a big drink of knowledge, but also lead them to the trough.

Tyler Rationale

Throughout my years of schooling I have experienced the Tyler Rationale in many different ways. There were many times in elementary school that my family was asked to send me to school with money so we could go on a field trip. I remember many people who came out with the problem of not being able to afford it. Another problem that constantly occurred was the problem of my peers, and sometimes myself, have a lot of trouble sitting still. This would eventually lead into us getting into trouble for not being able to perform proper classroom etiquette.

Some of the limitations in Tyler’s rationale are the fact that it is directed towards your average, middle class, white, english speaking student. This shows obvious confliction to people who do not speak english well. Tyler’s rationale is a system that assesses and evaluates children, so the children who are not comfortable with, or do not perform well during test taking. Another limitation is that this rationale only focuses on what they consider ‘major’ elements and does not dig deep into issues we may face in real life.

Some potential benefits of Tyler’s rationale is that you are testing children after teaching them so you are able to reflect on how good of a job you did at teaching them, based on their answers / final mark. Another benefit is that it is generally easy. Teaching, quizzing, moving on. This may be an ideal option for teachers who do not feel it is necessary to do anything other than teach and test. This rationale keeps structure and makes sure our curriculum is organized.