Hegemony the dominance or leadership of one social group or nation over others?
The privatization of public schooling is cause for considerable concern. Students and their families increasingly face corporate, for profit schools with unproven credentials as their only alternative to currently existing public schools. Teachers face a weakening of their labor rights when for profit schools hire non-union teachers in order to keep their expenses to a minimum. Education researchers risk marginalization of pedagogical innovations that may adversely affect a companys bottom line and condemnation of research that critiques private sector involvement in schooling. Social integrity and personal freedom are in jeopardy as corporations increasingly exert their influence on the curriculum and the discourse of schooling.
What is racism and how does it manifest in schools? Racism is a doctrine or teaching, without scientific support, that does three things. First, it claims to find racial differences in things like character and intelligence. Second, racism asserts the superiority of one race over another or others. Finally, it seeks to maintain that dominance through a complex system of beliefs, behaviors, use of language and policies. Racism ranges from the individual to the institutional level and reflects and enforces a pervasive view, in white dominated U.S. culture that people of color are inferior to whites.
On an individual basis, we might see some children refusing to play, talk to or co-operate with people from different ethnic groups. We might also hear racist comments, ridicule or abuse from children, parents or even teachers. In the community we might receive racist propaganda from fascist organizations and there may be reports of physical assault and harassment of certain marginalized groups, such as travelers, nomads or refugees. There may be racist graffiti on the walls of a shop owned by a representative of one particular ethnic group. On a structural front we might discover discriminatory policies and procedures at school or at local authority level and through investigation realize that there is a nonexclusive curriculum within the school.
More than 50 years after Brown vs. Board of Education, the landmark United States Supreme Court decision that ended racial segregation in public schools, most African American children in this country are still denied the education they need to find meaningful and well-paying jobs, to thrive in college, to participate fully in this nations economic and civic life, and to join and continue the fight for a truly just society.
Today, we expect all students to achieve and succeed in school, yet current data shows that 23.6 percent of African American students in our state drop out during their high school years. Unfortunately, this loss of student potential is similar to the mid-1800s when it was a common practice to track students according to the economic viewpoint of the time 20 percent as leaders, 30 percent as professionals, 30 percent as factory workers, and the last 20 percent as throwaways, generally thought to be incapable of learning. The education system was never designed to educate the diversity of students currently in our schools. We must change these outcomes and ensure that our education system recognizes and provides opportunities for all students to be successful.
LBGT books) this take children innocence away from them, in introducing these books are opening more question that I feel some children may not be ready for and there is enough happening around our children that we have not address that they are already seeing. And how is this going to help children that are gay/lesbian? And who is going to be there for them when someone wants to bring harm to them?
Im going to say this school is for getting educating yours/my children/students, and no matter what I strongly feel that parents is/are the first teacher in any child life and they do their best in raising their child to the best of their ability (at least I hope they do), but as the individual gets older some of them may have or feel different than the rest of their sibling and may not know whats going on, and with this being said in society today children are being (Bully in school, in the neighborhood, and even among their own family) then you have the ones that can be around people who may not care at all if they are Gay and can be open with it and this includes their family, but when their a child whom is afraid to say anything about their sexual orientation, teachers are not the ones to help them with that it is up to the parents in helping their child out with that, and if the parents have problems with this issue, I then feel that the child and family should seek help from counseling and there are places that family could go to if they cannot afford private counseling.
What about the academic part of school this is where the teachers job suppose to come into place, they are being paid to provide this part of life style to our children, and the parents are suppose to provide all of the nurturing and love because we are talking about so many different things that the from student/child it may start with their emotional/feeling, to physical part, socializing, the mortaring, truth in anyone, their privacy, respect, and even the love of the child. Teachers cannot give all of this because they are only in our children life for (6.5) hour a day five day a week, but we as the parent our job is 24-7 no matter what.
Gay and Lesbian students often feel invisible in their schools. Their invisibility is typically reinforced by heterosexism in their environment, which causes gay and lesbian young people to feel invisible, unsupported and isolated. These are some of the reasons educators should be concerned about the experiences gay and lesbian young people have while in school. (Suicide, School Drop-Out, Isolation, Violence, Homelessness, HIV/AIDS, Student Attitudes, Health Issues, and Depression).
Paulo Freire: Critical pedagogy; Is attempts to understand how power works through the production, distribution and consumption of knowledge within particular institutional contexts and seeks to make learners informed subjects and agents in their own change. In this instance, the issue of how identities, values and desires are shaped in the classroom is the grounds of politics. Critical pedagogy is thus concerned with the practice of self- criticism about the values that inform teaching. It is also a process of generating critical self-consciousness regarding what it means to be equipped with analytical skills to be self-reflective about the knowledge and values one finds in classrooms. Moreover, such a pedagogy attempts not only to provide the conditions for students to understand texts and different modes of intelligibility, but also opens up new avenues for them to make better moral judgments that will enable them to assume some sense of responsibility to the other in light of those judgments.
Paulo Freire who was born in Recife in northeastern Brazil, where his ideas about education developed in response to military dictatorship, enormous social inequality, and widespread adult illiteracy. As a result, his primary pedagogical goal was to provide the worlds poor and oppressed with educational experiences that make it possible for them to take control over their own lives. Freire (1970; 1995) shared Deweys desire to stimulate students to become agents of curiosity in a quest for the why of things, and his belief that education provides possibility and hope for the future of society. But he believes that these can only be achieved when students are engaged in explicitly critiquing social injustice and actively organizing to challenge oppression.
Myles Horton wanted to find ways to help poor, rural people in the South, and particularly in Tennessee, become empowered to think and act for themselves and change their lives. He knew these people very well and had a great deal of love and respect for them, for he grew up in rural Tennessee with the mountain folks of the Appalachians. He knew that these people were suffering from the violence of poverty, due to lack of employment, because his own family suffered as well. Horton was raised in a Christian family, by a grandfather who taught him a strong biblical sense of the differences between rich and poor, by parents who taught him the value of an education, and by a mother who taught him the importance of love and service, and that education is meant to help you be able to do something for others. Myles took these lessons to heart and sought to use his education to help his neighbors find ways to improve their lives. His focus was on social justice. He sought to help make America a more democratic nation through an adult education center.