The Importance of Evaluating How People Learn Essay

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The world is constantly spinning. The environment is constantly changing and human beings are constantly evolving. These statements are what I consider to be facts. Why is it then that it is so difficult for our country's education system to understand these facts and react accordingly? What I find to be interesting in my recent readings of Friere, Noddings and Chapter 6 of How People Learn is that the authors seem to be desperately trying to make the reader (or the world in general) aware that times are changing and that we must change with them. It is not enough to put state of the art computers in our classrooms and say that we are doing what we can to keep up with times. So much has happened in our world since the "behavioral…show more content…
Teachers were viewed as workers whose job was to carry out directives from their superiors--the efficiency experts of schooling (administrators and researchers). The emulation of factory efficiency fostered the development of standardized tests for measurement of the "product," of clerical work by teachers to keep records of costs and progress (often at the expense of teaching), and of "management" of teaching by central district authorities who had little knowledge of educational practice or philosophy (Callahan, 1962). In short, the factory model affected the design of curriculum, instruction, and assessment in schools. (1)

Yes, it is extremely disturbing that the 20th century fostered such ideas. What is more disturbing is that those ideas are still prevalent in the minds of some administrators and educators alive and kicking in the 21st century. One can not deny this. Particularly because only a couple of hours ago I had a phone conversation with my 17-year-old sister, who is a senior in high school, in which she thanked God she was graduating this year. Her relief stemming from the fact that starting next year standardized tests, in this case Connecticut Aptitude Tests, very well might be determining whether students will graduate or not.

I sympathize with my classmates who fear that the ideas and theories of Freire's problem-posing education, Noddings caring-relation and the ideal
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