We Dead Cool
I found this engaging because of the ideas about education and ownership of education. I consider ownership to be an important notion in many aspects of society – hooks suggests later in the chapter that segregated schools may serve black males better, and I augment that with the caveat that such proposed institutions should be instigated and led by the Black community; for if segregated schools then serve a white curriculum to Blacks (do I hear racist alarms ringing?) …
… Lets put those alarms out by asking if the “one size fits all” curriculum works for these Black kids? … works for these underclass kids? Works for the gifted and talented?
So the issue becomes muddied – leadership of educational systems with design of curriculum. Perhaps my background in technology can move this forward. Consider that Amazon can not only remember what you ordered, since 199x, what you paid for it, and what you looked at as an alternative, but have for some time been using their e-marketing technologies to try and second-guess what you might want to buy, and put these items in a prominent position before you. Is the underlying technology so different to educational issues? I remember in 1983 inputting my personality into a computer system and it proposing three jobs for me, the first one was a “computer programmer”, a career path I have followed for nearly thirty years. If the technology was around to do that thirty years ago, surly we can create systems to design effective curriculum for individuals, track their progress, deliver resources and activities to develop them, report progression and finally suggest when they are ready for summative assessment, awards & qualifications. I remember in 1971 (primary school, upper juniors) using a student driven colour coded reading system, going from red, green, and blue through to gold and silver as the texts became denser and more challenging. I was especially engaged by this system (enough to remember it nearly 40 years later), and lament why we* have not yet provided freely** available educational resources tailored to the individual and designed to expediate their learning journey.
* pick: Edge Hill University, QCA, DfES, DFCC, UK Govt, EU, UN, the world?
** come one, education should be free? Why all the hang ups about intellectual property around generic educational materials – I can see issues around commercial systems, but I consider the majority of health and education training should be in the public domain. I appreciate that universities might have paid to develop the materials, but every university must recognise that in the UK their income is from the general population, whether it be via student fees or support funding from government. Ask a student if they want the stuff that they have used, are using and will use made publicly available, and I’d be interested in the response.