Sunday, April 21, 2013

Last Blog Assignment :( EXTENDED COMMENTS

  This blog is based on the chapter "Education is Politics" from Empowering Education by Ira Shor. I chose to use my classmate Hannah's blog for my extended comments. She always has wonderful opinions and posts her blogs early so it is easy to comment on her blog. 
      As usual, I agree with Hannah's blog very much. She speaks about Delpit in relation to this text and says, "She would agree with Shor here, I think, because kids are going to need to know how to socialize properly all throughout their lives, so to be successful those are skills that kids need." I agree very much here. This link to Lisa Delpit is strong and validates what Shor's piece is all about. Children must learn these "codes of power" in order to be successful in life. Think about group projects for example. I have completed a countless number of projects in my life time and all involved me using these skills of socialization that I have learned in the past. If someone does not abide to these codes of power, that student will be much less successful.
     Hannah then brings up another important point. Her blog reads, "Shor argues that this is important because it enhances socialization but also that it by learning to socialize and question each other enhances learning". This statement is powerful to me because it demonstrates that questioning things such as why students must attend school does not hinder their performance but in fact allows these children to excel. If these students learn to socialize and question things at an early age, they will be prepared for college and careers where one's ability to with others is crucial. Hannah, Ira Shor, and I all agree that if children learn from a young age how to socialize with their peers, they will be on the track to a successful future. 

QUESTION: This is towards Hannah mostly but my other classmates can feel free to answer as well! Do you have an example of socializing students from your own experience? I have seen my service learning teacher take steps to show children how to speak to their peers which will help them in their futures. Have you witnessed anything either in your service learning class or out in the real world? If so, what did you see and how do you think it will effect the child's future?


  1. Kerri, I agree with your (and Hannah's) points. I also did an extended comments, using Alicia's blog, and had a delpit example. If kids are not allowed to socialize, then how can they learn the rules and codes?

  2. Hi Kerri, I really liked your blog post!
    To answer your question I have not witnessed this in my service learning this semester, unfortunately the classroom teacher that I am working with does not allow for a lot of socialization which is really unfortunate for these kids. I have however been interning at a Preschool this semester and there I have witnessed socialization of the students. This may because the structure of preschool differs slightly from the structure of public school, however, I have witnessed intentional efforts of socialization at that school. Where the teachers promote children talking to each other without always using the teacher as a mediator, and using this method while resolving conflicts as well. I think this have an incredible positive effect in the lives of all the children at the preschool as they are learning and benefitted from this socialization so early on that they can take what they have learned and use it throughout their schooling. I think this is setting them up well for public school and beyond, :)

  3. Hey! I totally agreed with your post! I also used Delpit, I believe students really need that socialization!! Personally I don't see a lot of it in my service learning classroom, but I also am only there for a couple hours!