Essay on Schooling Is A Source Of Freedom

847 Words Sep 18th, 2016 4 Pages
Freedom is the power or right to act, speak or think as you like without hindrances or restraints. When you view schooling as a source of freedom and apply this definition you question if schooling is a source of freedom. When you define oppression as unjust treatment or control, then you could question if schooling is a source of oppression. The terms are totally opposite in meaning but when applied to schooling as a source are more alike than opposing. The term schooling creates another concern. Schooling as a noun means being trained or educated, can potentially present itself as a source of freedom and/or oppression. My position is that schooling can be used as a source of freedom and/or oppression. My position has been enlightened by my experiences. I am a veteran educator with over sixteen years of experience working in education, in particular schools. I have worked in IB (Internationally Baccalaureate) school and I have worked in Title I schools (these types of schools are extremes). Some students used schooling as a source of freedom, consequently, I have witnessed others use schooling as an obstacle. My first year teaching, I had a student, Crystal, who had seven other brothers and sisters. I taught all eight of the Bethea-Smith siblings. It was the fifth child, Raysean that used schooling as a source of freedom graduated high school and went to college. He was able to use schooling to create a different standard than his brothers and sisters. I followed the…

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