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Why questioning has become necessary, and how this will transform education

Why questioning has become necessary, and how this will transform education

Over the past several decades…within the education sector, and American society as a whole, the question of why, (the critical, analyzing, specifically engaging question) of “why,” has not only diminished but has basically vanished, not only from conversation but from everyday action in citizens life.

A certain level of comfort and safety, along with miscellaneous distractions and numbness sensations had replaced what before used to be the idea that we question, not only our government and business sectors, but also ourselves. This critical engagement, of asking the question “why?” had no longer become relevant to our everyday lives. Yes, it is true that we saw war, plague, famine, starvation, injustice and inequality. It is true that some individuals did see these terrible and awful things and felt empathy and questioned their existence, but there was still a disconnect, or invisible wall if you will, that separated them from us.

In September of 2008, this wall came crashing down, with the financial collapse of Wall Street and several large banks. As we stood among the rubble, we were but dazed and confused for a great amount of time, in a paralysis if you will, unable to shake off what had just happened to millions of people, of no fault of their own. As the dust has begun to clear, our minds have done so as well. In this moment, whether it be with the Tea Party protests or the Occupy Wall Street Movement, or just the conversations we have with one another, our friends and family, we are beginning to identify with the questions of why?, how? and oppression? No longer was this a war fought on some remote desert or images of starving children in a villages thousands of miles away, but now, this directly affected us or someone exactly like us. No longer was this fair, or equal. No longer was it OK to be a pawn in the larger game of billionaires chess board, but now, was the time to critically engage and now is the time that we are critically engaging in.

It was the decade that followed the Great Depression collapse of 1929 in which the populism of Progressive Education and John Dewey’s education philosophical movement sky rocketed. It was during the time of great upheaval, uncertainty and survival, in which individuals began to think of ideas, of schooling, of life differently. It is with great certainty that I believe that with the economic recession and life as it currently stands in the United States, that a new narrative of transformative questioning and transforming education is on the cusp of reality, and taking hold, firmly rooted into the democratic soil of the traditional notion of American Rebellion-ism.

Once individuals within a society have uncertainty of their basic needs, they become open towards a more drastic change. While I do not believe, that on its own, education ushers in this awakening, I do believe it rides on the tidal wave that is this economic inequality. While I sit here, typing this entry, I am out of work, with no children to educate, and no lives to dramatically change. Strangely, however, I feel hope, hope in this moment of uncertainty, hope in the belief of this cataclysmic shift that is currently taking place in educational paradigms, and a realization…that out of the dust of a collapse, rises a new generation, ready to fight for what is right, and bring about transformations of learning out of the disparages necessity to survive.

About caseykcaronna

A 27 year old Master of Arts in Education Degree holder from the progressive, liberal arts school, Goddard College. I am interested in Holistic, Community, Progressive, Democratic and Student-Centered Education. I am currently a part-time employee with the Boy Scouts of America. I am writing my first book on holistic education and looking for full time employment in education, throughout the United States and Canada. I am interested in all things education and hope to make trans-formative changes to the educational system(s) in America and in the process help to improve the lives of the individuals in whom it serves.


3 thoughts on “Why questioning has become necessary, and how this will transform education

  1. May it be so!

    Posted by ambersk | October 27, 2011, 12:02 pm
  2. I hope the burgeoning outrage of OCCUPY, so long in coming, is going to fuel the transformation!

    Posted by Kirsten | October 28, 2011, 6:26 am
  3. My hope, and what I hope is understood through reading my piece, is that it is not so much the physical movements of Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street that I think are necessary to education (or the global economic crisis), but rather, the idea that we begin to question systems and authority again. I think asking the question “why?” is what will transform education the most. The hope is that the movement is powerful enough to help people question their existence as both the 1% in the world and the 99% in America…and more importantly, ask if the current education systems and processes benefit the wealthy, connected, and powerful…rather than our children…and if so…why and how do we fix the systematic problems that plague education and schooling.

    Just as the financial system has been exposed as a financial and political romance, which screws the worker in the must the educational system be exposed as an industrial model based off this financial and political romance, screwing the learner in the process. The more who ask why, the sooner the great lie and exposure can begin, and the sooner we can move onto implementing democratic qualities and experiences into the life of the learner(s) — including the educators themselves.

    Posted by caseykcaronna | October 28, 2011, 11:46 am

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