In 1980, Johnathan Kozol, a teacher of inner city students wrote about his experience saying, “There is no such thing as [a] ‘neutral education’. Children can learn to read and write in order to understand instructions, dictates and commands. Or else they can read in order to grasp the subtle devices of their own manipulation – the methods and means by which a people may be subjugated and controlled.”
Kozol’s understanding is that education is about shaping the hearts and minds of the students. Schooling isn’t about filling their heads with numeral facts and figures – it can’t be. Education, by its very nature shapes a persons worldview. It gives them a foundation upon which to judge the next thing that they learn or encounter.
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