School and Technology

In my opinion technology in schools is a very controversial issue, especially when concerning  social justice and anti-oppressive education. The Internet is a great resource for researching social justice issues, however, many youth also use it as an outlet for making derogatory comments and bullying. Macklemore illustrates this issue in his song Same Love:

Have you read the YouTube comments lately?
“Man, that’s gay” gets dropped on the daily
We become so numb to what we’re saying
A culture founded from oppression
Yet we don’t have acceptance for ’em
Call each other faggots behind the keys of a message board

The way society and technology are progressing it is important for both teachers and parents to educate our youth on appropriate ways to use the internet. It can be in incredibly powerful tool, but this power can be used in both positive negative ways.

With great power comes great responsibility.

 

Treaty Education

One of the most fascinating things about the treaties is that I learn something new every single time they are presented to me. The way our education program is shaped at the University of Regina, there is a definite emphasis on teaching treaty education. One of the main messages we have been given is “don`t teach what you don`t know”. The Faculty of Education is doing it’s best to help us teach treaty education when we graduate and have classes of our own, however, at the end of the day some responsibility needs to be placed on teachers themselves. Treaty education is in our curriculum for a reason and it is the responsibility of all teachers to incorporate it into their classrooms.