Thursday, April 21, 2005

Reality Check - Iterating Towards Openness



When I was at school, we did a concert for the parents. We sang Pink Floyd's "Just Another Brick in the Wall". Since then it has always struck me how educationalists are all willing to acknowledge many of the truths uttered in lyrics such as those, but fail to recognise what the bricks actually are.

David's blog, Iterating Towards Openness has recently posted a very reflective piece called Freire, The Matrix, and Scalability - inspired by a presentation he attended at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in Montreal talking about Paulo Freire (pictured - great things come from Brazil) the Matrix and new forms of opression in education...

...The paper’s author connected Freire’s ideas of oppression and the transparency of systems of control to the Matrix, and then went on to analogize the work we educators are called to do with unplugging people from the Matrix. He proceeded to quote lyric after lyric from hip hop songs to show how some artists are taking on this role, revealing and exposing forms of institutionalized oppression from which many black youth know no alternative. He derived an interesting taxonomy of oppressive forms from the lyrics of these songs as well, including police, prison, drugs, and school....


Anyway, David goes on to attack the notion of scalability - and puts accross a point that I found very thought provoking, causing me a bit of a reality check...

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