The Culture of School

Author: B. Kaiser, J.S. Rasminsky

Source: Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall

“Schools are more than institutions where teachers impart skills and lessons; they are places where teachers transmit cultural knowledge,” says sociologist Prudence L. Carter. “Education is as much about being inculcated with the ways of the ‘culture of power’ as it is about learning to read, count, and think critically” (2005, p. 47). Our schools naturally teach the European American values of individualism and independence, self-direction initiative , and competitiveness (among others), using European American methods of communication and learning.

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