3 + 3 = 7?
I’m sorry, but my EPS textbook has really ticked me off right now, and I’m fighting the urge to go to class, stand on the table, chuck the book at the ground, and scream “hypocrisy!” Don’t worry, I’ve restrained the revolutionary within me enough to try to bring up my concerns in a more polite and self-controlled manner within my reading response, but I really felt the need to bring up an idea I see as important within education.
Let me start with a little story, and I’ll explain how this all ties together after. In grade seven, I had a math teacher who would from time to time throw out the wrong answer intentionally, and we would have to correct him. Not only did this force us to pay closer attention, but it taught us to question what we learn, and not take truth for granted. It taught us to be involved learners.
A teacher can’t be right 100% of the time, and we have to accept that. Therefore, involved, communal learning is integral. A teacher can’t feel hurt if a student corrects them- we need to be able to admit to our imperfections, and allow ourselves to grow to accept other truths. This process of involved learning also builds confidence and self-motivation within a student, which are great life skills.
I am finding the EPS text to contain a lot of hypocrisies, such as stating that teaching must be approached in a manner that accommodates the diverse needs of it’s students, and then clearly biasing its information towards elementary school teachers. Another example would be how it talks about being accommodating of the diverse worldviews of students, and then turns around and presents only one view of an argument (on 318, it states that public school development is purely a political issue, and doesn’t offer any alternative). I felt compelled to (within reason) challenge the info this textbook is presenting me, and I really hope my debate group will feel the same. Yet, I have a feeling that most people within EPS won’t want to point out disputes they have with the information they are presented for fear it will affect their grades.
It’s kind of intimidating, approaching a teacher about a personal dispute with curriculum, and I think we need to create a system that eliminates some of this intimidation. Students should never be punished for taking an involved stance on learning.