In the education world, the topic of critical pedagogy will be introduced to many. Before one can discuss critical pedagogy, one must know the meaning of it. Critical pedagogy is known to many as the study of oppression in education. It includes how issues of sex, race, gender, culture, and other social factors shape education. Critical pedagogy is also known by many as how teaching and learning takes place. An example of critical pedagogy is when students are able to ask why and respond or challenge questions that are asked in a free manner. When thinking of critical pedagogy, one must think of going beyond the first level of the meaning of a word, topic, or issue.
When it comes to social philosophy and its place in curricula, I feel that it does have a place. The social views of people in today’s society have a major influence of what is place within a curriculum. Most curriculums are developed based on the needs and some wants of local persons in society. Many businesses say that all persons graduated from high school should not attend college but should attend an institution where everyday trades are taught. Parents of this society have influence on what is in curricula today, as well. If parents feel as though books read in English classes are bias, racist, or explicit, they may cause the curriculum for English to be adjusted or changed to a certain extent. At times I feel that social philosophy has too great a place in curriculum. Because social philosophy is accepted by some, it should not take priority over what many educators know to be included in curricula taught in today.
When it comes to curriculum, my own personal philosophy has influenced what I have done. As a past secondary mathematics teacher, I can honestly say that my personal philosophy influenced how and what I covered in the curriculum. Because I felt that certain skills were more important than others for students to make a successful make a living in today’s society, I had to teach certain lessons at different times. Some schools are on block schedule, which is a shorter time span to cover material. Because the school I had taught at was on a block schedule, I had to make sure students learned and understood certain concepts. Most of those concepts that I taught were also need for students to know for the next level of math that students would have to take. I made sure that the students that were going straight into the workforce had acquired the math skills needed as well as those that were college bound.
As an aspiring educational leader, I...