Response: “Curriculum Policy” by Ben Levin

Levin’s article about the development of school curricula helps shed some light on the different influences that can effect the content that goes into the education system and especially how politics plays a role in the schooling process. Although, the curriculum is largely developed by people that are part of the school system and have […]

Treaty Education “We are all Treaty People”

The idea that teaching treaty education or indigenous perspectives is unnecessary when there are no indigenous students in a class is fundamentally incorrect and ignores the basic history of both Canada and Indigenous peoples. The reason it is necessary to teach Treaty ed. in all classrooms is because it is something that has a direct […]

Reading Response: “What it Means to be a good Student” Kumashiro

According to the common sense that Kumashiro describes in the chapter, a good student is one that sits quietly, follows instructions well, does not interrupt or misbehave, and does the work they are told to do. These ideas of a good student come from societal norms that have been created and developed for a very […]

Critical Summary: Historical Thinking

An article that I found was “Historical Thinking and its Alleged Unnaturalness” by Jon Levisohn in the Education Philosophy and Theory Journal. The author discusses Sam Wineburg’s idea that historical thinking is the ability to recognize how the past was different than the present. He also discusses how historical thinking is not a natural understanding, […]

Second Response: Smith, “Curriculum, Theory and Practice”

            The first of four models of curriculum described by Smith in the article are “Curriculum as syllabus to be transmitted.” The syllabus effectively specifies the content that is to be covered in the class. It is straight forward and avoids extra information besides to topics and important information on them. However, the syllabus form of […]

First Reading Response: Kumashiro Article “The Problem of Common Sense”

Kumashiro defines “Common Sense” as things that everyone should know. These are things as simple as when, how, and what to eat. Other things such as where to shower vs. where to wash dishes would also seem to be common sense under Kumashiro’s original definition. However, she soon realizes that common sense is not all […]

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