[Olpc-za] A Journey into Constructivism

Jeff jeff at wildcoast.com
Fri Aug 24 05:31:03 EDT 2007


Cultural myths that are prevalent in today's education systems  
include (Taylor, 1996):

The rationalist myth of cold reason - where knowledge is seen as  
discovery of an external truth. This can lead to the picture of the  
teacher in a central role as transmitter of objective truths to  
students. This philosophy does not promote clarifying relevance to  
the lives of students, but instead promotes a curriculum to be  
The myth of hard control - which renders the teacher's classroom role  
as controller, and "locks teachers and students into grossly  
asymmetrical power relationships designed to reproduce, rather than  
challenge, the established culture".

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