Critique Of The Classroom : A Practical Introduction Of Critical Theory

1480 Words May 1st, 2015 6 Pages
The book that I chose to critique was Finding Freedom in the Classroom: a Practical Introduction to Critical Theory. This book is intended for teachers to give them a new perspective on education; one that seeks to empower students to become conscience of oppression within society and work to make change. The author seeks to highlight how power is distributed in society and who benefits at another’s expense. Written from the perspective of a critical theorist, this book is intended to highlight for educators how cultural assumptions have shaped the curriculum that is taught and modes of instruction that teachers follow. Through this book, the author allows for teachers to question their curricular decisions through the prism of power and culture. Examining education through this prism of power and culture, the author intended for educators to re-examine their practices to determine how their choices are affecting students’ education, who is empowered by their decisions, who does not benefit, and how does the curriculum elevate some while devaluing others . To achieve this goal, the author highlights how unquestioned habits and perspectives have become facts and norms, but seeks to get educators to ask “why” questions to uncover hidden biases and to discover how power in education is distributed. Though the focus of the book is critical theory in education, this book could also be used by anyone who is interested in critical theory because the author highlights how…

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