Vygotsky Reflection

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In the article titled Memories from the Other: Lessons in Connecting the author takes the reader on a journey as he reflects on his educational experience as a student afflicted by learning differences. His story illustrates an educational system that creates the ‘other’ and works to marginalize ‘at risk’ students with learning differences (Knestrict, 2006). Early on, Knestrict was labeled as different (other); thus, placed on a slower academic track void of positive connections, which he suggests resulted in feelings of marginalization at an early age. Educators ultimately reinforced his feeling with such expressions as your lazy, incapable, learning disabled, and you are not college material. The author states, “The overwhelming message I …show more content…
Vygotsky 's theory centers on the conviction that child development is contingent on their social environment, interactions, and important cultural tools. These interactions, adoption, and practicable use of cultural tools prove vital in advancing a child 's cultural integration. Vygotsky 's principal idea postulates, “that our spe- cific mental structures and processes can be traced to our interactions with others. These social interactions are more than simple influences on cognitive development—they actually create our cognitive structures and thinking processes” (Woolfolk, 2013, p. …show more content…
Where are stories deviate is unlike Knestrict, who stuck it out, I threw in the towel and quit. My parents under the advisement of my middle school counselor forced me to attend vocational school. The counselor had convinced my parents that I was incapable of educational advancement; thus, my only hope was learning a trade through the regional vocational high school. It was unquestionably the worst and darkest experience of my life. I was drowning; yet, my cries for help were ignored. In the end, I purposely flunked out and vowed never to return, a promise unchanged until my return to higher education some 31 years later. In that return like Knestrict, I was blessed with a professor that forever changed not only my perception of the system but also the direction of my

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