Is the hidden curriculum the Problem? I believe Anyon makes great points of how our democracy attempts to facilitate its social structure by ways of subliminal teaching methods within our public schools. Anyon describes it as; ” The “hidden curriculum” of schoolwork is tacit preparation in a particular way” (Anyon pg. 188).
David Lampert described the hidden curriculum within Morris Berman’s piece as, “the subconscious destruction of democratic values” (Berman pg. 68).
Anyon exemplifies how the government undermindinly implements, as called in the Roman era, the ruling class, in the present public schooling sector.
I witnessed through Anyon, the subtle manipulation of teaching strategies, which aids adolescents thought process to be parallel of ones own social class is critical for the learning development. Anyon depicts in detail the manner of how each child’s mind is mentored differently within each social class to assist their correlations within society. Though Anyon makes imposing lines of reasoning, I do not believe Anyon’s thesis speaks total truth for all learning. I believe the expectation of learning has a great deal to do with a persons learning expectations. If a student were to attend Stanford University, I believe because of the expectation beliefs, the student would be able to accomplish Stanford University work. Verses if that same student were to attend a junior college, they would accomplish junior college work.
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Now one must understand that there is a difference between expectation and increasing the standards. I was able to observe a special education classroom of seventh and eighth graders for a period of one week. From the beginning, I could see in the children because they were “special education” students, they were expected to do nothing. Through that week I was able to observe two days with the class teacher and the other three with a substitute teacher teaching the same group of children. I found a dramatic change within the classroom, though the style of teaching wasn’t very different, the expectation of the class was vastly different. Anyon’s writings explicitly illustrated the differences in teaching methods within social class; on contrary one should consider the differences in expectation in each social class.
It is seen too many times that we as adults try to mold the young to become something we see fit for them to become. Instead of being like a potter who molds clay, we should be like referee who sets domains. If we were to teach every school in the same manner, I suppose we would still be in the wrong, for we would be trying to mold our children once again. If we were to as an alternative, not look for the right and wrong teaching methods as Anyon describes, but incorporate them all.
I feel progress would be made. We should not allow history to repeat itself. If society desires to imitate that of Roman civilization we must be ready. “In the case of the twilight phase of Rome, there was a monastic “class”-a tiny handful of individuals-who saw that they could not reverse these trends but that they could do there best to preserve the treasures of their civilization, the ways of thinking and living that might be appreciated in another, healthier era (Morris Berman pg.