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Transcript of 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
human needs & social planning
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
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