Waiting for Kryptonite II

Rick Ayers is a professor of education at the University of San Francisco. He reviews the faux doc Waiting for Superman on Huffington Post.

Waiting for Superman accepts a theory of learning that is embarrassing in its stupidity. In one of its many little cartoon segments, it purports to show how kids learn. The top of a child’s head is cut open and a jumble of factoids is poured in. Ouch! Oh, and then the evil teacher union and regulations stop this productive pouring project. The film-makers betray no understanding of how people actually learn, the active and agentive participation of students in the learning process. They ignore the social construction of knowledge, the difference between deep learning and rote memorization. The film unquestioningly bows down to standardized tests as the measure of student knowledge, school success.

One thought on “Waiting for Kryptonite II

  1. “Problem posing education does not and cannot serve the interests of the oppressor” — Paulo Freire

    But the banking system of education does.

    Broad, Gates, Tilson, Hastings, Fischer, and all the other nefarious funders of school privatization believe wholeheartedly in the banking system of pedagogy, for working people of course. One of the telling symptoms of these late stages of neoliberalism is that the rulers now treat their own working class as colonial subjects.

    The smug Davis Guggenheim looks down at all of us with the condescending banking notion. Smart rich white male savior like himself will liberate us from evil teachers who might challenge us to develop critical thinking skills.

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