"Education is Politics!" So saith Paolo Freire father of Liberation Theology and later Liberation Pedagogy. He is a hero to the Progressive Education movement.
|Whole Language Catalog, p. 222|
|Whole Language Catalo, p. 346|
I post here portions of the Whole Language Catalog with which I became acquainted in the early 1990s when I sought to bring our schools back to the basics so my students black and white might have a real opportunity to read, write and do arithmetic.
I challenge you to read clippings from this manifesto from the educators in charge of teaching our teachers how to teach and tell me that you are in accord. I actually bought Human Capital and The Whole Language Catalog, reluctantly because I hate to empower them with my money, just so I could show you the roots of our problems.
Unfortunately some of this nonsense has taken root. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRME3g6xDLc
They were dupes, just as I once was, thinking that what they were receiving from their colleges of education was supported by empirical studies to be the best methods of teaching children. Then they got caught up in the peer pressure of education and administration and dared not speak out.
|Ira Shor on Paulo Freire in the Whole Language Catalog, p. 223|
"... we reinvent classroom discourse with the students in the hope of reinventing society as well."
|Ira Shor on Paulo Freire, Whole Language Catalog, p. 223|
|Whole Language Catalog, p. 237|
|John Dewey's Pedagogica Creed, Whole Language, p. 245|
|Rudolph Steiner, Whole Language Catalog p. 243|
TEACHERS AS LIBERATORS
|Patrick Shannon, Whole Language Catalog, p. 222|
"Transforming teachers into dialogic educators preoccupies Paolo Freire, for whom dialog means cultural empowerment, not merely conversation in the Classroom."
"...Leading the dialogue forward into consciousness change with value judgement and some expert knowledge, opening the classroom to students speech while integrating a critical study of standard usage (the language of power). "
|Ira Shor, Whole Language Catalog, p. 223.|
You need to see that Progressive teachers do not see their mission as teaching reading, writing, arithmetic, History, Science but as dialoguing toward social change.
More Behavior modifying Attitudes and Beliefs
|Whole Language Catalog, p. 224|
Abraham Maslow later repudiated what he had loosed in the classroom. Secular Humanism is now the religion of our schools. Values clarification is its methodology. Our classrooms are now "therapeutic classrooms" producing what these new world order folks hoped to create.
|Whole Language Catalog, p. 223|
Impressed by Marx and Engels? Vogotsky regarded education as not only central to cognitive development, but as the quintessential sociocultural activity.
"Whole Language Teachers do not teach phonics..." And so they raised a generation of functional illiterates that raised the alarm to what was going on in the classroom. Phonics won out and Whole Language Classrooms now admit to an "eclectic approach" still using other Whole Language "best practices." Many parents came to see the true difference between the WL classroom and the traditional type of education and removed their children from these public schools bound by dollars from the Department of Education to continue on with this Progressive agenda.
The uproar you hear from the Unions to Betsy Devos is over their fear of losing control of your children's minds and therefore the socialist revolution their philosophers envision, the credentialing of teachers and government dollars.
We become literate to reclaim our voices, experiences, and histories to interpret the world and change it." Giroux
|Henry Giroux, Whole Language, p. 417.|
THE TEACHER IS A LIBERATOR
"Risk taking is not simply tolerated, it is celebrated."
"They must see learning, including literacy and language development, a part of the process of liberation."
"Cutting themselves loose from the bonds of tests, texts and mandates, teachers can utilize their professional knowledge, their personal strengths and their inventive intuitions to create exciting and inviting situations and contexts for their pupil's growth. This may take the form of stimulating interest in a thematic unit that has its roots in a current news event or a well chosen field trip.
... It may show in the wisdom of the teacher bringing pupils together in social groups for particular purpose.
|Ken Goodman, editor of Whole Language Catalog, p. 207.|
TEACHERS AS LIBERATORS
Patrick Shannon "no longer was it sufficient for the literate to read accurately or to write clearly and expressively, what was needed to reconstruct society was the ability to read beyond the text to understand how the author and the ideas connected with the various political, economic and social arguments concerning the future of America. In short, community centered educators (or social deconstructionists as they were called) were less concerned with how students learned to be literate than they were concerned with how citizens used their literacy after they learned to read and write." ..
|Patrick Shannon, Whole Language Catalog, p. 222|
|Bess Altwerger, Whole Language Catalog, p.|
Bess Altwerger, Whole Language Catalog, p. 407.
So now you know what produced this...
I first heard of Whole Language in my own hometown of Dothan, Alabama, when I discovered such a large percentage (30% at least) of my 7th and 8th grade students were unable to read and had no clue what I was talking about when I told them to "sound out" the word. I went to the Troy State University Dothan to look at the books the teachers used to teach reading and discovered the professors were using Whole Language and some books had only one mention of phonics. Later a group of parents flew an expert on a phonics method that had produced amazing results to present to the Dothan City Board of Education. Unfortunately, that group was shouted down by the professor of reading instruction and her proselytes in the community. As you can see, Dr. Fritchie was "very active" and served on the State of Alabama textbook committee.
One course I vividly remember seeing in the course catalog was "Photography in Teaching Reading." Really? We have a SERIOUS problem with literacy and the course is Photography in Teaching Reading?
She also served on the Board of Trustees, Administration and Faculty for Troy State University. Can you imagine the impact of her vision of Reading Instruction on her students?
Dr. Mary Jo Pollman was a colleague of Dr. Fritchie. I remember seeing the Whole Language Catalog tucked snugly under her arm as she walked the hall of Troy State University. That was what led me to the library to read the book myself! Dr. Pollman began her career as a Kindergarten through 3rd grade teacher. Unfortunately, as a Secondary teacher, I saw the consequence of her and Dr. Fritchie's instruction that they never got to see. Those students who could not read never made it through the doors at TSUD. Or they constituted the 60% of fist time entering freshmen at Wallace Community College that had to take Remedial Reading (probably more of the same that caused the problem in the first place).
And why teachers want to block Betsy DeVos from the schools. Our children need an education not an