Response to education article

This is a great article. But doesn’t it in a way blame teachers? In the sense that the responsibility for change is placed on teachers.

Capitalist practices are not going to change, the exploitation of children, families, society and government, (willingness does not render null exploitation) by capitalist practices are “what is”. We are living in a world driven by exploitive/capitalist ideology and practice. This practice needs (our/my practice needs) to change, or it will continue, but who is going to change it?

Governments are willing accomplices, their ideology, the basis of their decisions is capitalist. Capitalists are not going to willingly change. Families are isolated, overworked, willingly following along to keep their children fed. Society is organized by capitalist practices. Children are learning to be part of the system that is currently limiting and exploiting them, learning that this is the world.

Teachers are complicit in the demise of our school. You can’t be neutral on a moving train. If you know what is happening is wrong, and you continue to do it, in the hope that someone else will fix the policy that drives you to perform less than adequately for the needs of developing children, then while you individually do not have the power to change the system — your job is on the line as a steady stream of newly trained teachers graduate, and if you make waves — you sure do have the power to band together with other teachers, and concerned parents, who understand the problem and together work toward a better way of developing children.

The article squarely puts teachers in the position of agents of change. But most teachers have been thoroughly indoctrinated by capitalist ideology, meaning they are not agents of change, but agents of capitalist ideology. There is a selective process. Society is not a natural construct. Teachers are not to blame. I see them as part of the larger problem encompassing all of us.

One last thing. There’s a line in the article: “What particularly grieves me is that, whatever happens, it won’t be a consequence of any real understanding of education.” This abstraction of education is problematic. How can an understanding of education fix education? Really what do they know of education who only education know? To fix education you need an understanding of political economy, critical theory, Spinoza and Dewey, Democracy, everyday life, the good life (ethics, and human possibility) to fix education we need to think ourselves beyond the limits of capitalist ideology, we need to discover what a body is capable of, and through experimentation (warm and loving and forgiving experimentation) develop the body to its fullest potential. So yeah, education has nothing to do with education, it has to do with freedom and democracy and community development (and love if you understand the radical side of it). We can live better.


One Response to “Response to education article”

  1. Frank Levey Says:

    I think teachers can be focused on their particular area of input, of sharing their knowledge, and are unable, within the system, to see the bigger picture. (which holds true for most of us clinging to some sense of false security)Thanks for this larger perspective, if only for a brief moment of awakening!

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