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F2017 PME 851-001 Culture Curriculum and Pedagogy

Module 3:  - The Role of Education

Thanks for an interesting post. You had some provocative questions from ______ as well. I hope you answer them!

I wonder what you think about the need for human growth. There is a great book called Pedagogy of Freedom (Freire). How does education set us free? How does that then help us and our well-being?


Great questions! As a proponent of technology in Education, every time there is an article speaking negative about technology in Education, I get it forwarded to me from five different directions! So, is it bad? You ask if being ignorant of something is better? I cannot wait to read some responses!


Well said. That was a great overview and I thought that defining the terms under discussion was a great addition to the post. In many instances, we tend to make assumptions which lead us astray. Clarifying terms is an excellent approach. I would like to pose the same question that ________ has alluded to and that I have asked of another student. How do we maintain the distinction between our curriculum and our wider desire as educators to tend to the well being of our students?


Great post - very thoughtful. I appreciate your focus on being reflective and thoughtful about our world and our place in it. I find your comments about teaching language interesting because the English language does have so many oddities in it in terms of usage, spelling and other illogical aspects. That might be a good way to explore history and the lingering effects of tradition.

One question I have is, where do we as educators draw lines in terms of crossing out of our subject and focus and into wider issues that are not part of our mandate? In your case as an English teacher, when I taught English I was always tempted to bring in culture and other such issues which were outside of the curriculum. How do we balance these often competing needs?


Thanks! You have made some very interesting points. I agree that learning to be responsible is paramount to being, well, a responsible adult! Being accountable... Being fair and equitable...

I would like to know your thoughts around the balance between parental responsibilities and societal responsibilities as represented by schools and education systems? What happens when there is a conflict?


Very interesting discussion. My one concern with knowledge building, although I promote the idea vigorously within my own work, is that there needs to be input into the student's 'knowledge repository' at some point. This is why I am not a fan of discovery learning. Students contribute to, add to build upon and generate new understanding of existing knowledge, but they do need to have that initial input.

How do you accommodate or provide students with some 'grist' for their knowledge mill?


Thanks for your impassioned post. I can feel the drive you have for your students from here!

Two questions pop up for me. One is, when you discuss holistic education, and then focus on Economics and Business, I wonder how well you fit in Arts, culture, and science? I agree with Bill Clinton when he said, "Its the economy, stupid"! However, I once thought that all politicians should be businessmen. I now no longer think that!

My second question is in reference to your refraining from sharing your own opinions. I agree that this is an area fraught with difficulty, however how do you fit this approach with the notion that "It matters who the teacher is" (Keltchermans)? It is a fine balance, but at the end of the day, you do have opinions so...


Wonderful post! I think you have touched on some important points here. I do agree that it is not entirely wrong to fill our students’ brains with knowledge. That is certainly part of the role of education.

In my work with Medical education preparing students to be doctors, we use the term "training to be a doctor". A big part of their education is the sheer volume of content that they need to simply memorize. Of course, they need to be able to make sense of their vast knowledge, but they must learn it all first. How do you balance this in your classrooms?


I agree and have had many a conversation at my last position in Australia about the very topic of the purpose of Education. Now, in a School of Business, they thought that the only purpose was to get a job and their school mission reflected that fact: "Preparing students for enterprise futures" - 'enterprise' meaning businesses.

Many of your classmates are taking this course in order to have better career opportunities and I certainly hoped to get a better position when I embarked on my PhD. So, is there a balance? How do we account for the real goals of education, when "Education" costs so much?


Great stuff! I find that when we draw upon our own experiences, especially as teachers, we have the same goals and vision - to make us better people. I totally agree with you.

However, after my experiences in Australia (read my response to Christa), I have tried very hard to understand those people who get an education simply to get a better job and make more money. There are students that I am working with who are only becoming doctors because they want prestige and a big salary - are they wrong? What do you think? Try hard to see their perspective.


Very interesting post. I take from this that you think the role of education is to provide us with a sense of social responsibility and to help us use our skills to our best ability and in different settings. Interesting thoughts and I wonder if you have read Paulo Freire? He writes extensively about social justice and responsibility and one of my favourite books is "Pedagogy of Freedom". I recommend it to you.


I might suggest that in your future writing and in particular with your assignments, but in the boards as well, that you try to bring more focus to your writing. You post is very interesting, but you have not explicitly stated what you actually think, or given a clear opinion. You might want to structure your writing a bit more thoroughly in order to help the reader understand your train of thought. Also, you should endeavour to incorporate some of the readings into your writing as well so that you can reference what others have said about the topic and give your own thoughts both more weight, and an idea to talk about.

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Dr. Paul Leslie

Associate of Taos Institute: http://www.taosinstitute.net/

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