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Educational Philosophy of The Wire

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Hope A.

on 30 April 2013

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Transcript of Educational Philosophy of The Wire

Critical theory perspective vs. Teachers Administration Content Methodology Teacher Learner Content Methodology Learner Teacher Teaching Philosophy of Baltimore, early 2000s The Wire The failure and interrelatedness of societal institutions The lives of marginalized Americans University with funding to study repeat violent offenders Season 4: inner-city middle school In-school intervention program for at-risk students Ten eighth graders are selected Disciplinary problems Aspiring gangsters/"corner kids" Face violence, difficult home lives, emotional and learning disorders These children have learned to define themselves in opposition to the system Primary emphasis on behavioral skills: transformation position "These students need to be socialized before they can be educated" Progressivist view: what is taught in school must be relevant to the student Classes are discussions, not lectures The use of homogenous grouping/ "tracking" Desks are arranged in a circle to promote student participation No grades Cooperative problem-solving Roleplaying exercises "They're not fools. They know exactly who we expect them to be." Teachers should examine their assumptions about who their students are and what they can accomplish If a student can't "escape" school, they have less incentive to be disruptive Teachers shouldn't kick students out of class for acting out A teacher should be insightful about why a student is misbehaving Students should examine themselves and what they want from their lives One of the students brags to his friends about the class: "it's like the kids are schooling the teachers" Students should be empowered to contribute their thoughts and ideas Dr. David Parenti, a sociology professor at the University of Maryland Howard "Bunny" Colvin, a former police officer Mary Duquette, a doctoral student Principal is happy to accept the extra funding, but wary of controversy Program is shut down Superintendent, assistant superintendent, state education board, city hall disapprove To protect the school from being taken over, the principal stresses standardized test performance Mayor's office thinks they are "leaving children behind" Baltimore school budget has a $54 million deficit: "now is not the time to rock any boats" Traditional teaching methods:
Textbook learning
Homework Transmission orientation: a teacher's purpose is to convey to the student specific knowledge, skills, and values "Teach to the test" philosophy Transmission orientation: a student is a vessel to be filled with certain skills and values "Many of these kids are profoundly damaged... any gain or progress is temporary. I think this project may be flawed." Some students are unreachable: During test prep, the school makes classrooms warmer to make students drowsy and less disruptive The role of the student is primarily passive: "In all of the institutions we've depicted, the first sin … is an unwillingness to acknowledge how profound [their] problems are." Essentialist philosophy: they question the decision to move away from traditional subjects
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