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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Quotes from "Tracking: Why Schools Need to Take Another Route"

 Preface Pg3. "The status quo is the status quo because people who have the
power to make changes are comfortable with the way things are. It
takes energy to make changes, and the energy must come from the
people who will benefit from the change. But the working class
does not get powerful literacy, and powerful literacy is necessary
for the struggle. How can the cycle be broken?"
This is essential to making changes; those that are going to be affected by the change need to be willing to fight for it or else it will not work. Like Finn said earlier in the article, when the rich get empowering education nothing happens, it’s when the working class or lower do that they have a chance to challenge the status quo and make a difference.

Pg 12 "According to Anyon these children were developing a relationship
to the economy, authority, and work that is appropriate preparation
for wage labor-labor that is mechanical and routine. Their capacity
for creativity and planning was ignored or denied. Their response was
very much like that of adults in their community to work that is
mechanical and routine and that denies their capacity for creativity
and planning. They engaged in relentless "slowdowns," subtle sabotage,
and other modes of indirect resistance similar to that carried out
by disgruntled workers in factories, sales floors, and offices."
This supports that there is a serious problem. The whole idea of getting a good education is so that you don’t get stuck working in places like that and doing things you don’t enjoy. Keeping things like this is as if you are purposely holding these kids back and forcing them to go into the field that they most likely are trying to avoid.

pg 189"The least we can do is face facts. Our schools liberate and
empower children of the gentry and domesticate the children
of the working class, and to a large extent the middle
class as well. You may want to argue that that's all right, or at
least it's all that's possible-fine. But let's stop denying it."

This sums up what Finn believes the issue at hand  is and the first step is that we have to realize that this is a problem and it needs to be fixed.

1 comment:

  1. i really like what you had to say regarding making the changes but people are too comfortable to do so