History of Education Through ‘Race’

After reading the textbook, “The History of Education”, I feel that the term ‘race’ is developed and utilized by theories constructed in the current time of writing.  We are all a part of the Human Race, yet it is ‘race’ that separates us.  Looking back at our history we can firmly see our growth and in some aspects, our repetition of history.  Education is still focusing on numerous aspects involving social, political, physical, and emotional subjects; however, a more holistic, rather than individualistic, approach is taken.  Within the reading, race is often related to two divisions: the ‘civilized’ and ‘higher class’ or at the other end of the spectrum, the ‘other’ or ‘lower class’.  This is relevant to our current time, as ‘race’ is still produced through ‘othering’ in today’s society. Education in this textbook is determined by religion and class; often restricting ‘races’, such as gender by excluding women from education.  At that time of age (1886), excluding women from education was perceived as ‘normal’ because that was how society was constructed.  In other words, it was ‘common sense’ that women did not require an education.  In this way, teachers were being taught to think in racial terms, due to confining education to the norms of society, and to the Nation’s religious beliefs.  Conforming to standards decreases growth and development, which blocks the effectiveness of teaching.  Teachers have somewhat of a challenge to go against the grain, of the status quo, and branch off in many directions to further enable learning progress.  Race is a barrier society constructs and manipulates as time passes.  As of today, teachers still face the concept of race, but look how far we have come; women can gain an education. Though we still have a long way to go! As future teachers, we have the opportunity to change the construction of ‘race’ in society, to increase the fulfillment of education, in all members of the Human Race.



9 thoughts on “History of Education Through ‘Race’

  1. I agree for the most part, but feel as though, as teachers, we are more inclined to go towards the grain. There may be things that we disagree with, in relation to certain implemented aspects of education, yet we have to stay in line, or will potentially get our certificates revoked.

    • Thanks for your feedback! I do completely hear what you are saying and I suppose I could have worded myself differently. I do believe we are structured toward following the grain, due to having our certificates revoked, like you mentioned; however, in small areas where we can implement change I think going against the grain is a challenge teachers are faced with. There is an extent to how far we can go, but being aware is essential.

    • Why thank you! I’m glad you read through my blog post! I’m sure you’ll be an amazing teacher, especially seeing as you take the time to listen to the people around you!

  2. As Saskatchewan’s diversity grows rapidly, we will face this ‘racial’ divide within the school more and more. Myself, I use my ‘race – Japanese’ to define myself and i feel very conflicted…

    • Thank-you for your opinion and input! Dealing with the topic of ‘race’ is very complex and I am happy you shared your conflicting feelings. By all means I strongly support people’s identity and voice being heard among our multi-cultural country. Within the classroom, the term ‘race’ is a challenge. I do believe that defining identity can be found by exploring our cultural roots, and what we believe to be true about ourselves. I feel that we should not trap ourselves by the social construction of ‘race’, but instead embrace our difference through other measures, such as cultural experience.

  3. I really like your post! I agree that teachers were seen as having to go with the grain but I think that is more of a traditional thinking. I think that nowadays teachers are able to go moreso against the grain in how they teach and what they do becaue, as stated in the lecture, people trust them. Even though it is a risk to the teachers certification, I think that teachers are able to get away with less rules (such as not having to follow the stereotypes of race) as they had before. If that makes sense?

    • Your comment makes perfect sense and I am glad you shared your opinion! I do agree with your opinion of how teachers’ today have more room to erupt from stereotypical implications of race, than from the past. I think it is remarkable how far education has come and how it continues to drive for the better.

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