Post Prompts ED253-1 | 5:00

BlogPost Who Controls Education in America?

Who controls education in America? How does the state and federal governments affect our nation’s education systems? Are these effects positive or negative?

(~250 words) Assignment Due in class Tuesday 20 November (LCs I, II, III, IV)

BlogPost Queer Theory

How does turning a “blind eye” to queer ideology harm all individuals within a school setting?

(~250 words) Assignment Due in class Tuesday 13 November (LCs I, II, IV)

BlogPosMulticultural and Multilingual Education

How can you eliminate gender stereotypes and cultural biases in your future classroom? What is something that stuck with you or that was eye opening from the toy activity or from the doll video?

(~250 words) Assignment Due in class Tuesday 6 November (LCs I, II, III)

BlogPosService Learning

Real world experience for students through service to the community is important for many reasons including the need to bring important social services to the community especially where there are recognized gaps in underfunded government programs.

Another reason for service experiences is to enhance the learning, understanding and empathy of students engaging in service. It is assumed by many that through service, students often expand their critical awareness of societal inequalities and further their commitments to taking action in the world to effect real change.

At the same time, scholarship in the area of service learning has demonstrated that these experiences can actually advance the cultural biases of students participating in service. 

1. Please describe the several examples of cultural bias described by Dunn-Kenney (2010), one of the two readings assigned for this week.

2. Next, recount your own service experiences associated with ED253, including descriptions of the what, where, when, how, and why

3. Consciousness raising occurs through serious self-reflection. This is not always a straightforward and comfortable process.  After taking the time to reflect on and recount your experiences in service, discuss instances where you have witnessed and/or experienced “aha” moments of consciousness raising (your own and/or your peers in service). 

4. As you are becoming more awake to the world through self-reflection, what are you learning about your service, what are you learning about yourself?

(~500 words) Assignment Due in class Tuesday 30 October (LCs I, II, III, IV)

Dunn-Kenney, M. (2010). Can Service Learning Reinforce Social and Cultural Bias? Exploring a Popular Model of Family Involvement for Early Childhood Teacher Candidates. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education31(1), 37-48.

BlogPosCritical Pedagogy & Paulo Freire (LCII)

What are the differences between the two methods of education discussed in Paulo Freire’s essay? Provide examples of how each method affects students inside the classroom today.

(~250 words) Assignment Due in class Tuesday 30 October (LCs II, III, IV)

BlogPost Equality of Educational Opportunity II 


Based on the learning experience from the beginning of class, describe how “your” assigned race’s educational struggles compared to another race’s educational struggles.

  • What was similar?
  • What was different?

Now adopting the perspective of the teacher how will you attempt to alleviate the racial bias:

  • Within your own classroom,
  • School and
  • Education field/society?

(~250 words) Assignment Due in class Tuesday 16 October (LCs I, III, IV)

BlogPost WidAwake LCIII

According to Maxine Greene, what does it mean to be “wide-awake” and how can we have a sense of “awakeness” and moral agency in our future classrooms?

What connections can be made between John Dewey’s “My Pedagogic Creed” and Maxine Greene’s “Wide-Awakeness and the Moral Life” ?

(~250 words) Assignment Due in class Tuesday 9 October (LCs I, II, III)

BlogPost Equality of Educational Opportunity


How does the idea of the human capital theory (pg. 94) impact the ability for schools to successfully provide equality of opportunity (pg. 69) to each of its students?

(~250 words) Assignment Due in class Tuesday 2 October (LCs I, II, IV)

BlogPost John Dewey (LCI)

  1. In article I. What does Dewey mean by saying, “I believe that this educational process has two sides- one psychological and one sociological”

  2. In article II. elaborate on Deweys point that, “I believe that education therefore is a process of living and not a preparation for future living”.

  3. In article III. Dewey says, “I believe that the subject matter of the school curriculum should mark a gradual differentiation out of the primitive unconscious unity of social life.” how would you implement this in your classroom?

  4. This article was written in 1897, so do you think opinions of Dewey’s work about schools have changed or stayed the same over time?

(~250 words) Assignment Due in class Tuesday 25 September. (LCs I, III, IV)

Dewey, J. (2018/1897). My pedagogic creed. In A. R. Sadovnik, P. W. Cookson Jr., S. F. Semel, & R. W. Coughlan (Eds.), Exploring education: An introduction to the foundations of education (5th ed., pp. 215-218). New York, NY: Routledge.

BlogPost Neoliberalism  

Writing in paragraph form, transform your document analysis of How School Choice Turns Education into a Commodity. The Atlantic. 17 April 2017 into a post for your WebLog.  (~250 words) Assignment Due in class 13 September. (LCs II, III, IV)


  1. Spring (2018, p. 7-10)  Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos
  2.  What is School Choice? | The Heritage Foundation
  3. How School Choice Turns Education Into a Commodity — The Atlantic | Jason Blakely, 17 April 2017  –> this is the Google Doc
  4. Blakely, J. How School Choice Turns Education into a Commodity. The Atlantic. 17 April 2017.  –> As the article appears online at the Atlantic.
  5. –> Facing History Document Analysis PDF  (This is a pdf version guaranteed to open)!
  6. Document Analysis | Facing History 
  7. George Monbiot, Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems. The Guardian, 15 April 2016


Personal information

  1. What name do you prefer to be called? Do you have preferred pronouns?
  2. Hometown and photograph of you (inserted in your blog so we can connect you with your name).
  3. Grade level and subject(s) that you want to teach.
  4. What are you into; what makes you special? Share a few “unique” aspects about yourself that would help our classroom community get to know you a bit more. Are you on an athletic team? Sing in the choir?  Are you trying out for a play? Painting? What are you planning on doing this semester in your life that is noteworthy?
  5. I want to know what matters most to you.  To this end, please share with the class an essay that is essential to your interests. (Include the reference/link to the essay [chapter, article, website] and a few sentences about its significance to you).
  6. Which course-approved service activity did you enroll in through CSSA’s registration website?  To enroll follow these links:

Learning Style and more: 

7. Being as specific as you can, what must be in place for you to feel comfortable taking intellectual and creative risks in a college classroom?

Education Past and Present

8. Please discuss what are, for you, some significant issues or concerns facing the field of education right now.

About Dr. Shutkin:

9. Write down a question or two that you would like to ask me about myself or the class.

Now that you have completed your first blog post, please publish it to the Internet and send the address to me in an email message.  Use the email address you would like me to use to communicate with you this semester.

Thank you and all good things,

Dr. Shutkin