the kids are sick, I am sick and I have an 8 am meeting for an IEP. It is supposed to be for 11’s learning disabilities but I found out in the car today they had administered personality/psych type of tests on him. I don’t like that they did this with out my permission. I had already filled out he same screening for him and he was, rightfully, creeped out by the questions that are…creepy. Administered by a stranger and without any warning….
A Tool of Massive Erosion: Scientific Knowledge in the Neo Colonial Enterprise. The article is found in Anti-Colonialism and Education: The Politics of Resistance, by George J. Sefa Dei and Arlo Kempf, [www.sensepublishers.com/catalog/files/90-77874-18-6.pdf], or at Amazon.
- Refuse to accept as common sense, discourses that present strong symbolic content that may contribute to stereotypes and erroneous beliefs. I will be especially alert to the dangers of accepting claims based on scientific findings, because they carry great power in the modern world.
- Re-question the aims of education: To focus on ethical consequences of my activity, and not simply on quantitative measures of my effectiveness.
- Redefine knowledge: To better understand how I come to know and value. Aesthetics, ethics, and metaphysics must all be rethought and revalued so that I begin to assign a proper role for Science and other ostensibly objective forms of knowledge which have come to dominate my vision of the world.
- Reaffirm my Self through personal expressions of affiliation with others, and to appreciate my own sense impressions and the meaning that I attach to my experience of who I am and how I came to be.
A.S Neill’s Summerhill School, a co-educational boarding school in Suffolk, England, is the original alternative ‘free’ school. Founded in 1921, it continues to be an influential model for progressive, democratic education around the world. Enjoy the site.