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Literacy With An Attitude Essay

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As an education student and preschool teacher I can relate to Finn's judging of professor John Carter. Like Finn I too find myself questioning how I can dictate what I learn to my students now as well as the students I will have in the future. Although Finn states "they threw out anything a little too aesthetic." I like to look at it from a different angle and ask how can I benefit and how my students can benefit?For example, in my required drama class we read plays that I can barely understand, and have to know all about sonnets and playwrights. I sometimes find myself wondering how this is going to help me be better educator. Why in the world would I want to go through this again with students? Then I always seem to find reasoning. I can see how difficult it is for me and if I had a better instructor to teach it to me and help me understand instead of blowing ...view middle of the document...

It was simply right or wrong, black or white without a grey area. Sitting up straight, not talking, and keeping your eyes on the board are very selfish rules in my opinion, and unfortunately those are the rules I had to encounter as a child. I feel that this kind of education is very unfair to a growing mind and to the educator as well. Students need to express themselves and their thoughts and options in the class room. Those "straight lined" teachers could also benefit from stepping off the line every now and then. Teachers could not only benefit from a broaden approach to teaching but also by gaining respect and good relationship to their students. Students would be more willing to learn from someone they feel close to rather than someone they fear and look upon as someone they don't want to anger.I also came from a home where my parents didn't have a good education and everyday was a struggle. My parents lived from paycheck to paycheck and their financial situation did effect my education. I can remember my mother not being able to buy me school supplies such as: notebooks, pencils, and even school clothes. Lois Weis ask "Why do children with low income families get less of a education?" In my opinion it is just as much the emotional and physical being of the child as well as the social economy. Not only can't the parent afford to send their child to a school where a good education is given, but also the child is subjected to the problems of what they can't have. Their classmates come to school with nice things and it is only normal for that child to run home and ask for it. Often a child is made fun of by their classmates for not wearing the popular clothes or even having a snazzy pencil case or backpack, which leads to the child having poor self esteem. Low self esteem then turns to less interest in school, then to bad grades because the child is more worried about making a good impression instead of succeeding in class.Children don't completely bring on the outcome of their education, I do believe they take part in how much they want to learn if given the chance.

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