Blog Post 2

Curriculum development from a traditionalist perspective is widely used across schools in Canada and other countries. Can you think about: (a) The ways in which you may have experience the Tyler rationale in your own schooling?

I have experience the Tyler Rationale in my education probably since I was in kindergarten. The first level of the Tyler Rationale is “What educational purposes should the school seek to attain?” I have noticed this in my schooling because most of my teachers had the guidebook provided with the student text book. The guidebook had all the answers to the questions and even gave ways to check for students learning and understanding. My teachers also had their curriculum outlines on their desks. These would summarize the overall unit and lesson and would have the desired outcomes and indicators. Tyler’s second level “What educational experiences can be provided that are likely to attain these purposes?” I also noticed this level a lot in my schooling in the form of field trips, guest speakers, experiments and demonstrations. These experiences that I was provided with often reinforced lessons by showing me what I had just learned about and often showing me why it was important. The third level of the Tyler rationale is “How can these educational experiences be effectively organized?” Again this can be demonstrated by the daily outline my teachers always had. A lot of my teachers usually had a big monthly calendar on their desks with the breakdown of what their plan was for the semester. The final level of the Tyler rationale is “How can we determine whether these purposes are being attained?” I am not sure if I experienced this level in my schooling, but I would assume that my teachers had some method of checking to make sure we were attaining our goals. I feel like if I had to make a poster or a project for a class that would be showing if I attained the lessons purpose.

(b) What are the major limitations of the Tyler rationale/what does it make impossible?

Since I have an inclusive education minor, the first thing I thought about with the Tyler rationale was how it fits with students who have behavioral or cognitive needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). When it comes to education students that are affected by these disorders often have more needs than other students and therefore I feel that the Tyler rationale does not fit with these children. It may be adaptable to meet these children’s needs but it would probably have to be paired with another theory or rationale to ensure the success of the student.

(c) What are some potential benefits/what is made possible? Be sure to refer to the assigned article in your post; you may also include information from lecture if you wish.

One quote from the reading that I really liked was from page 69, it says: “Modern education … has discovered the child, but it does not see him merely as a child. … It sees the man within the child as clearly as it sees the child. It sees its task as one of bringing into full and complete being this man within the child.” I found this quote really helped me understand the benefits of modern education and the Tyler rationale. Teachers need to remember that their actions are likely to impact their students in big ways. We need to be mindful that we are actually teaching these children to help them in the real world once they leave school and that they will be successful members of society. The Tyler rationale discusses a lot about educational experiences and students understanding the purpose of assignments. In a high school setting it is important to give your students experiences and assignments that can have some future relevance for them.


Blog Post 1

How does Kumashiro define ‘commonsense?’

            Kumashiro defines common sense as something or things that everybody should know. Kumashiro also says that common sense in a traditional sense is presented as a way of being neutral. But being neutral can often perpetuate systems of oppression and privilege. Kumashiro talks about how the insistence that we use common sense is actually an insistence that we see things society has traditionally viewed things and that we should keep viewing things in a traditional way. This way of seeing things means that common sense does not mean the unbiased standard of society, but rather as a tool to keep the status quo.


Why is it so important to pay attention to the ‘commonsense’?

            I think it is important that we pay attention to common sense because as society changes our understanding and ideas of what common sense are may change. Often when common sense is being used as a tool of oppression it is because the idea of common sense in this situation is that one group or another is seen as inferior. This creates a group mentality and beliefs that see this as true; a good example of this is segregation in the United States. The United States and even Canada saw African American people as an inferior people and should not receive the same rights as white people. It was commonly believed that African Americans were inferior that became common sense at the time. That is why it is important t that we as a society pay attention to common sense because if we do not then biased, racist and untrue ideas are assimilated into our way of thinking.

To me common sense means the ways in which you should behave and treat others. To me it should be common sense that you do not salute Adolf Hitler in a public park or ever in fact, but to some people that is just not common sense ( I was always taught treat others how you would like to be treated. So when I am making decisions I always keep in mind the effect I am going to have on others and will it affect people in a negative way or positive way.