ED 251- Learning Experience #1
February 16, 2022
My lived experiences connect with the theme of the assigned reading because the “supposed” promises of neoliberalism were never really extended to black Americans. Some of the promises such as economic prosperity neoliberalism supposedly offers have never been fairly attributed to black Americans. Due to the fact that education has a profit motive behind it due to neoliberalism, one could argue that this produces drastic levels of inequality. Due to the unfortunate reality that black African Americans are dispositionally below the poverty line. Many are systematically denied access to quality education. This is ultimately a result of the hierarchical school system that neoliberalism creates. Furthermore, we see this materialized in the disparities of funding that various school districts receive. Unfortunately, the No Child Left Behind act was a failure as it punished the schools that did not show gradual improvement. Education funding is not enough of a priority in the United States and oftentimes essential funding that schools need is cut too quickly to exhibit any improvement or provide essential support to schools and students. This disparity in funding leads to inequality, especially among racial lines as historically black people have been denied the resources needed to succeed. A prime example of this? Redlining. Redlining directly led to disparities in education as schools in predominantly white school districts would receive more funding. Not enough has been done to combat the lasting effects of these racist policy decisions. The author uses evidence such as lived experience because they made a reference to the business Friendster saying that they failed to create a format that people found as useful and attractive as Facebook. Later this led to the business being extinct. The text states, “When businesses like Friendster fail, no significant public damage is done. Indeed, it is arguably a salutary form of what the economist Joseph Schumpeter called “creative destruction,” which is a feature of market innovation. But should all goods in a society be subjected to the forces of creative destruction? What happens to a community when its public schools are defunded or closed because they could not “compete” in a marketized environment?” (How School Choice Turns Education Into a Commodity, Blakey Jason 2017). The point of the author using this reference is to show how when businesses get shut down it doesn’t matter or it doesn’t have a big impact on anything or anyone. However, when schools get shut down it affects a lot of people and communities. Schools getting shut down can create school deserts which makes it hard for low-income families to find schooling for their children. Then, if they try to send their children to another school that is out of their community then they may have to face the problem of transportation due to the area being a school desert. There was a political perspective on the reading because it says, “Americans should ask themselves a basic question of justice when it comes to the education system: Should it be organized around a model in which the more you win the more you get, and the more you lose the less you are given? Markets are by their nature non-egalitarian. For this reason, neo-liberalization has been one of the biggest factors contributing to the growing inequalities and diminishment of the middle and lower classes” (How School Choice Turns Education Into a Commodity, Blakey Jason 2017). This shows that there is a political perspective because the author has a clear view of equal opportunities and making education fair for everyone. Also, there is a cultural perspective of the author because he’s clearly in contradiction to the capitalist/ individualist culture we reside in. The same culture that makes education a place of profit rather than a place of common learning and opportunity. My reflections regarding this reading on the implications of the field of education are that education should be a human right that all deserves to have. Also, I believe that education should not be commodified for money. Everyone should have access to education that is equal to everyone else. Specific themes from the reading that we wanted to emphasize in our lesson is the meaning of Neoliberalism, the meaning of the No Child Left Behind Act, and the importance of income and inequality. We wanted our classmates to learn what Neoliberalism and the No Child Left Behind Act was. Also, a clear understanding of the inequalities of the education system. My contribution to the planning of the lesson was to create the four corners activity at the beginning of class to get the students involved and to figure out their previous knowledge. My responsibility when it came to teaching the lesson was to facilitate the four corners activity. I was responsible for reading the slides and helping the class understand how the activity was played. Also, when the game started it was important for me to help assist the groups if needed. Materials that we used for the game are monopoly money to represent real money.