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Reconstructionism

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Mike Penney

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Transcript of Reconstructionism

Reconstructionism In the next half hour... Reconstructionism, Teachers & Students 1900 2010 1950 Theorists Key Terms Reconstructionism & Teachers & Students Reconstructionism
in The Mandated Curriculum Sammy, Mike P, Mike L, Curtis, & Pat 4 Corners Activity Listen to the statement

Stand in the corner that corresponds to your opinion of the statement (Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree, or Strongly Disagree)

Be prepared to justify your position Key Terms Reconstructionism in the Mandated Curriculum Society is in need of constant change Education should go hand in hand with
improving social problems. Teachers should promote social activism Theodore Brameld (1904-1987) Leading Philosopher & educator supporting social reconstructionism

Philosophy originated in 1928

"Schools should be the ultimate source to bring about social & political change" Social Reconstructionism In his book "Education As Power" he states
the two main roles of reconstructionism

"Education has two main roles:
To transmit & to modify culture"

Social Self-Realization Floodwood School, Minnesota, U.S.A Floodwood School Brameld's attempt to implement a reconstructionist curriculum

Students worked in cooperative groups Students Examined
Society
human needs & social planning

Investigated
Alternative forms of government, economics
Education reform George Counts Baker University

2 years as a Principal

Influenced by Charles Hubbard Judd George Counts 1889-1974 Education as the means for a new social order

Teachers should lead society and not follow it

Schools & progressive forces (Unions etc.) IVAN ILLICH Ivan Illich (1926-2002) Austrian Philosopher & Catholic Priest

Studied Histology & Crystallography

Theology & Philosophy Most Learning Happens Informally Institutionalized schooling hinders true success The ideal education system allows people to choose what they learn and why Paulo Freire Paulo Freire (1921-1997) Law, Philosophy
Secondary school teacher
Imprisoned as a traitor for 70 days Pedagogy of the oppressed

Attack on "Banking"

Education is a political act

Regain sense of humanity Teacher/Social Activist

Resource person/ Research project director

Engage in discussions of world issues

Reflect & work towards solution/action Take Home Points

Godfather of Reconstructionism

Democracy in the classroom through controversial discussion in the classroom Brameld Counts Education and new social order

Teachers should LEAD and not follow ILLICH Deschooling Society

No more dependence on schools Social Studies

Co-op programs

40 hours of community service

Extracurricular Freire Awareness of the politics around education

Education should allow the oppressed to regain their sense of humanity Curriculum Teacher as project directer, social activist

Overall focus on improving society through discussion & problem solving Reconceptualists

Social Reform

Social Activism
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