For the most part, I have to agree with the critical theorists: learning barriers do exist. In

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For the most part, I have to agree with the critical theorists: learning barriers do exist. In wealthier nations, men are still more likely to earn higher salaries for the same positions as held by women. Wealthier families have the means to pay for quality educational experiences and have endless opportunities to continue educational learning opportunities. Demographic factors, such as age and sex can determine who qualifies for educational opportunities. While the government funds the education of our younger children, there is a limited amount of funding available for adults to advance their education. In their pursuit of the American dream, many less fortunate families do not have funds available to participate in educational…show more content…
Although it seems almost impossible to change the status quo, I still believe that we all can make a difference through education. As a teacher, I found Merriam & Bierema’s (2014) suggestions to create learning experiences inside and outside the classroom an excellent tool to facilitate change. Inside the classroom, teachers can provide opportunities for dialogical conversation, follow democratic principles, model critical approaches, and address classroom dynamics that illustrate oppression or dominant ideology. Recommendations for outside the classroom include assigning learning projects that give real-life opportunities to grapple with situations as well as creating service projects where learners go into the community to volunteer or conduct research (p. 232). While every member of society is responsible for changing the status quo, government officials need to reorganize the delivery of educational messages to the public. Instead of placing the responsibility of change on individual citizens, perhaps it is time for government officials to stop advertising on television and personally do something about it. We need to view this as our problem and not a problem that is affecting a few individuals that do not matter anyway. We need to take the time to provide more in depth classroom lessons to our children, offer free classes at convenient places such as local churches, parks and community centers. Local representatives can take the

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