The aim of this assignment is to present an exploration and explanation of the process of transformation in and through education. This will be shown by looking at some scenes from the films, Freedom Writers and To Sir with Love. To begin with I want to consider what we understand by ‘education’
Education is an activity we all feel that we know something about, having had personal and direct experience of it. Education has become a large industry employing many hundreds of thousands of people in Britain alone. It is supposedly an important part of ensuring future economic development yet it also imposes a major financial cost. Education plays a central role in society and also in all of our lives. So education is a very complex set of activities and institutions which is not easy to define. Students know that they have to trust that sometimes, what they are doing isn’t going to affect them immediately but it will in the long run. Peters (1966) an education philosopher said:
It can be claimed that as humans, we are identified by our capacity to learn, communicate and reason. We are involved in these things throughout our lives and in all situations. From the earliest times people have learned from one and another in family and social groups.
He suggests that as society became larger scale and more complex, so systems of education became more formalised and expanded. We still learn from those around us, but the education system now also plays a large part in all of our lives. In Freedom Writers we see a situation in which education seems to be working in an opposite direction.
The philosopher John Dewey believed, ‘curriculum should be based on student’s interests and should involve them in active experiences’ . This suggests that he was concerned that schools constrained children too much. He also believed that learning was active and schooling was unnecessarily long and restrictive. He believed that students should be actively involved in real life tasks and challenges. This view is based upon the belief that education is based on the idea that humans learn best in real life activities with other people. We saw an example of this in To Sir with Love when Mr Thackeray showed his class how to make a fancy salad.
The film “Freedom Writers” is a film produced in 2007 and directed by Richard LaGravenese. The film is based on a book which was written by Erin Gruwell, who was a teacher at Woodrow Wilson Classical High School in Eastside, Long Beach, California. The book was first published in 1999.
Erin Gruwell is...