On Feb 6, 2004, at 7:27 AM, Tommy Walz wrote:
> As I write this, my five-year-old grandson is watching
> (for the second time at his request) a video on human
> conception and fetus development.
This is an interesting observation ... sometimes we
forget how much though children are bringing into
the system. One of the reasons that kids want to use
computers is because it is part of becoming a "grown up".
Paulo Freire (Pedagogy of the Oppressed) argues
that teaching is most effective when it addresses
the needs of the learner rather than the needs of the
teacher (and the teacher's society.)
The rhetorical stance of NCLB is that we're dragging
them into "our" world, rather than allowing them to
build it with us.