Sunday, April 20, 2014

Education is Politics- Extended Comments

This reading, Empowering Education: Critical Teaching for Social Change by Ira Shor, definitely tied together pretty much all of the readings from this semester. I think that this reading helped to make all of these topics a little bit clearer for me. For this week I decided to do an Extended Comments post off of Jamie's Blog post because she explained this reading exactly as I would have and she made really good connections! 

Jamie first describes the eleven values that Shor lists, that will help to create a more empowering education:

  • Participation
  • Affective
  • Problem - posing
  • Situated
  • Multicultural 
  • Dialogic
  • Desocializing
  • Democratic
  • Researching
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Activist
She then explains how all of these topics connect so well to all of our other authors and readings that we have had this semester. This reading connects to Alfie Kohn and what good and bad things to look for in classrooms. It also connects to Kahne and Westheimer, the effects of service learning in classrooms, how to incorporate SL into the curriculum, and the difference between charity and change SL. There are connections to Collier and Rodriguez and the positives and negatives in multicultural classrooms. Shor can relate to Delpit and the rules and codes of power. Also August, and making a classroom a Safe Space for students of all races, genders, sexual orientations, religions, etc. and involving those topics in student learning. Last but not least, Christensen and the "secret education" that children are exposed to in schools.

It is clear that Shor's reading is a definite recap of everything we have learned this semester and I think that the very first line of this reading is exactly what we have been questioning after this whole semester and all of these readings. 

"What kind of educational system do we have? What kind do we need?
How do we get from one to the other?" (11)

In Jamie's post she also brings up how Shor encourages students to question the "status quo" and of course this fits so well with this lovely clip from High School Musical! People are allowed to be whoever they want to be! 

Jamie's blog post really summed up the article and connected this reading to pretty much every author! Everyone check out her post! :)

For my own little conclusion, I think that the Shor reading was perfect as our last reading of the semester! (It went by so fast!!) This reading wraps up all of the main topics we've covered from the presence of privilege in classrooms, multilingual classrooms, codes of power, the secret education, and creating a safe space for the students. All of the readings we have read this semester will affect the way I will be as a teacher and will help me to become the best teacher I can! 


  1. Great Post! I agree completely! I am glad she had us do this for our last reading because it tied all of the readings together. I could see many of the authors that we read about in this reading too!

  2. Hi Danielle! This is a great post! I agree that this reading was a really nice way to wrap up the semester and review everything. I also feel like this class will make a big difference in helping me to be a better teacher! Great job! :)

  3. I'm not going to lie, I was really excited when I read your comment about doing an extended comment on my blog (thank you I felt so smart haha)! You did a really great job connecting what I said and the reading as well as filling in some of the holes my blog post had. Fabulous job and I'm glad you liked the high school musical link, I couldn't help myself!