Chapter 1 summary - Stephanie Karian Education and Society...

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Stephanie Karian Chartock Education and Society 9/21/07 Chapter One Section 1.1 This section provides the reader with historical discriminatory and stereotypical information about teachers. This could be of value to a future teacher because it gives the reader knowledge about how to decipher what is appropriate and inappropriate in the realm of employment and inappropriate in the realm of employment as a teacher, what is discriminatory or not. It gives them a good understanding of the stereotypes and/or preconceived notions that were, and are still out there today about female educators. Section 1.2 This section provides the reader with information about the differences between an inspirational and a forgettable teacher. Kathleen installed inspiration in Mr. Chips but it wasn’t natural, which is why one of the “slum boys” remembered Mr. Chips’ wife and not Mr. Chips years later during the war. It gives the everyday person a reminder of their good teachers who were memorable. We all have had an unforgettable teacher or person in our lives at one time or another. Section 1.3 Certain aspects of Miss Dove’s teaching methods are understandable, but to me, most aspects are bewildering. I can empathize with the mother’s of the children who disagree with her methods, but at the same time I can agree with the students who loved her. The author said at one point, “…on that unassaulted field – in that room where no leeway was given to the personality, where a thing was black or white, right or wrong, polite or rude, simply because Miss Dove said it was, there was a curiously soothing quality”. (16-17) I can understand that the children felt a soothing quality with the fact that they had everything laid out for them, and that there wasn’t any room for error. In my experience, it can be soothing to know exactly how a teacher wants you to do an assignment, rather than leaving it open for interpretation; however, that is a feeling I’ve experienced as a college and as a high school student. Because these children are in elementary school, this is the time in their lives when interpretation and experimentation is crucial. Taking away the creative value of a lesson doesn’t teach the student, it simply deprives them of their innovative skills. For instance the fact that Miss Dove took away their chance to create shows that she is ignorant to the fact that their minds are still growing. “They copied the bird Miss Dove had drawn for them on the blackboard. (She knew exactly how a robin looked and saw no sense in permitting her pupils to rely upon their own random observations).” (17) Those ‘random’ observations are the building blocks of further creativity later in life. Section 1.4
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course CCSS 60569 taught by Professor Chartock during the Spring '08 term at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

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