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Lesson Plans

Re: Marginalization & behavior

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Tue, 17 Feb 1998 05:09:03 EST

To Kevin,
1.Please explain for me the connection between Euro-centered dominance and
educational practices.
2. I think, Kevin, that you just might need to investigate the many changes
taking place in education today. Perhaps you are not aware of Howard Gardner's
multiple intelligences and the increased interest on the part of public
education. Graduation through exhibition of written skills, oral skills, and
creation of product. Entire curricula being rewritten to incorporate
demonstration of knowledge through hands-on processes and performance
assessment. With the increased emphasis on school to work, it is apparent that
at least some institutions are realizing that education should be about
helping young people develop lifelong survival skills ( employment, family,
personal) and lifelong learning habits. Our district is working hard toward
these goals. But I will tell you that with the numbers of people involved in
education who cannot visualize the changes necessary, primarily through
ignorance, it is a slow process. They too sit back and criticize continuing to
be part of the problem rather than the cure.
3. There is an increase in the use of individual learning plans for each
student. I do this in my classes. Many other teachers in this district and
across the country have discovered that it isn't that difficult to do. Many
schools and districts are requiring them. This allows students to determine
large parts of their learning processes, the speed with which they are
accomplished, and the method of demonstration of knowledge. But I will tell
you that it does not involve students being engaged in doing nothing,
disrupting the learning process for others, or choosing failure rather than

Knowledge is power and without it success on the streets or anywhere else is
impossible. I want to be a part of developing powerful individuals.