Freedom Writers By Jung Ah Choi

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Many educational practices established by the U.S education system have different styles of distributing knowledge to classrooms with different racial backgrounds. What is the best method to instill knowledge into children? These strategies are determined partly on subject matter to be taught and partly by the nature of the learner. For a particular teaching methods to be appropriate and efficient it has to relate in some way with the individual learner and how the individual demonstrates their learning process. “Reading Educational Philosophies in Freedom Writers” by Jung-Ah Choi, breaks down the different methods of teaching through the film Freedom Writers.
Freedom Writers is a film based on a true story about a young teacher, Erin Gruwell, who faces racial barriers at an integrated high school in Long Beach California. The article displays the teaching methods used by Gruwell in order to help her students face their academic struggles that are obstructed by their everyday lives. Choi divides Gruwell’s methods of teaching into four main categories. Such as, rewriting curriculum, treating student’s creators of knowledge, creating a classroom community, and teaching self realization. Once Gruwell knew what type of students she was managing she immediately knew that she would have to modify her teaching methods. Choi insists that Gruwell and her revolutionary pedagogy began when she changed the school curriculum according to the interests of her class. “This decision…

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