social efficiency ideology

I would say for most of my elementary and secondary education I experienced the Tyler rationale. The goal was always to get our minds to focus on an objective, then the teacher would repeatedly attempt to pound information into our heads. The problem with that learning occurs differently for each and every individual due to personal experiences, their background, and the culture them or their parents came from and even ethnic background. In my opinion, the major limitations would have to be the fact that it is based on an idea of how people should fit into society. This is complicated because humans are forever evolving, therefore, in theory, so should society. Each individual learns differently, and with the Tyler rationale, it forces students to conform and to fit into a “box” and learn in only one way, when in reality there is more than one way for a student to learn. The potential benefits of the Tyler rationale are that there are different forms of learning that will come forward and that can be used.  Active learning is one of these forms, this enables students to get hands-on experience with the subject of study. Hands-on experience may be more advantageous for one student compared to another and could make all the difference in the academic performance of a student.

The problem of common sense

Kumashiro defines common sense as what a society considers to be their norm. These norms vary extensionally throughout the world. In Nepal striking an unruly student would be considered the norm, however, in North America, if a teacher were to strike a student it would likely result in the teacher being reprimanded or even having their job terminated.

The reason it is important to pay attention to the “commonsense” is that what we may interpret to be commonsense may not at all be what another person would classify as commonsense. This idea is also dangerous because when it comes to commonsense often times it can be beneficial to a majority, and leave many at a disadvantage. Commonsense can often be very noninclusive and oppressive. In the story, Kumashiro speaks about how the peace corps was using education to oppress the Nepalese people and how it was a form of culural imperialism.