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ERIC Number: ED424329
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 24
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Oppressor: The Educational System.
Hernandez-Tutop, Jeanne E.
In this critique of elementary and secondary education in the United States, the first section discusses the history of the U.S. educational system and how the development of the schools' curricula and assessment programs have been adapted to the white, male, Eurocentric style of learning. The second section looks at inequalities in learning and considers the multicultural diversity of students today. Tracking as both result and cause of educational inequality is discussed. The final section uses Paulo Freire's "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" to compare U.S. schools with the qualities oppressors use to maintain oppression among minorities. The distinct components of oppressive action noted by Freire are: (1) conquest, (2) divide and rule, (3) manipulation, and (4) cultural invasion. These operations are evident in the U.S. educational system, in which wealthier districts have much, and disadvantaged districts, particularly in urban areas, have very little. To ensure educational equity, teachers must be aware of the preferred learning styles of different cultures, and then incorporate strategies aimed at these styles into their teaching. Funding must be equal for all schools, and quality materials and resources should not be reserved for an elite few. (Contains 55 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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