Knowledge about place can be detrimental


“So you use paquataskamik if you are fluent (in Cree) and if you are a young kid you use noscheemik … they confused,  they’re not saying it properly. That’s too high of a word for them so they just use the simple word, noscheemik.” This quote proves there has been impact on language from the residential schools. Culture has been loss and the importance behind many Cree words are either no longer used or the colonized world no longer fits with the words values.

It is sad indigenous peoples sense of home has been lost. The places and land in which many indigenous peoples of Canada’s ancestors would of called wonderful feels so downsized and lacking from the definitions behind the words used to express their connection with the land.

It is interesting to note that many young members of the communities are not being taught the importance of their culture and because of that stories and being lost and connection between stories and the land are depleting. This is the many stories that are depleting that the ancestors and story tellers of indigenous culture valued to never let happen.

With becoming a teacher I need to inform myself on my place within the land I’m standing on. I need to have a part in the community to understand my connection to it so I can better it. We stand on this land for some importance that we are not fully aware of! We need to make sure we do more than bury are feet in the earth and instead walk great lengths to understand it. We have many stories and lessons to learn and many cultures to be aware of but with being in Canada we should know more about the stories of the soil we are standing on and not the soil in England that many of us have never or will never walk on. It is funny how we know more about history on the other side of the world versus the true history that can be told but nobody wants to hear here.


Who is Involved

Prior to Reading


When first being asked about how curriculum is formed  I pictured a room full of old men somewhere in Regina discussing the many problems every day trying to come up with new ways and methods to teach Saskatchewan students. I believed it was almost like an ongoing meeting something that they were always changing. When I talk to Katia about my belief  she told me that parts of The curriculum haven’t been changed here since the 90’s. This was astonishing to me knowing that there has been the same systems in place for over 20 years and I asked myself “how can that be the case when so much is changing in our Dailey lives”

My Influence


I voted in the last election and I follow politics I’d say quite well for a girl my age. I was lucky enough to have role models in my community introduce policies to me in an interesting way. Knowing how important politics effect how school system is important to be aware of since they influence teaching methods and our jobs themselves.

After the Reading


I think it is astonishing how we give the politicians such a huge say in what we teach since they may not value education in the way we need them too. I think students needs are being overlooked and they should be the biggest influence on our system because they are the student requiring the tools to better our future.

In the article it mentions how the role of politics is misunderstood by many teachers and I think that is teachers need to be aware of the public sphere since it influenced our students lives.

I am concerned that we are not taking our students opinions into consideration. I also beleieve this is a problem because the curriculum is made for us teachers to benefit our students.

Something we don’t Question

In the reading Against Common Sense I found a quote in which I would like to address: “ Furthermore, was this not the view of effective teaching upon which current proposals to reform schools were based, namely, that we reward those schools that can get their students to demonstrate such learning and punish those who do not?” This is something I have been thinking about lately in our culture and connecting the ways in which are curriculum is built and connecting it to the system we used when we had teachers in residential schools. Common sense is can be seen in the school when students do behaviours they learned and never questioned. For example: walking down a hallway on the right side and absolutely not on the left or lining up when leaving class. Even for teachers we expect the student to raise there hand just because it was a behaviour we learned we assume all student will know to do this! We need to be aware that there can be different common sense in different cultures as well maybe someone that is an immigrant walked in the left side of the hallway? We would probably think to ourself “what are you doing” or when someone budges in line, again “what are you doing”! These are not norms directly taught to us it’s the common sense that we learn from action in our community something we just do something we don’t question.

In relation to this a “good” student is a student you is privileged or a student who grew up accustomed to norms. A “good” student is one who doesn’t question common sense. Yet this is based on the values are curriculum and biases hold us too! It is possible to break away from the idea of what a “good” student should look, act and believe and instead beleieve everyone can be a good student if they are expanders of knowledge and critical thinkers with any subject brought towards them.


“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

Education is important to all students because learning how to do anything in a successful manner will be beneficial to anything you do in life. For instance, being able to talk is something we learn at home and in school. If we do not learn how to express our thoughts into words we would never be able to share our knowledge or opinions. Earths planet is populated with millions of people who all have a different idea on what life should be like and it is important that we collaborate all of our thoughts because when collaboration happens knowledge is formed.

I would say knowledge is a pretty powerful weapon. If I were in an argument i would have the knowledge of how to express myself respectively from my social work class. If I was stranded by myself on an island I would have basic chemistry and science and math tools to hopefully help me to safety. I think education has prepared many of us for many jobs but also to be structure minded individuals so we are able to think critically and not assume all that we hear. Maybe education is not only a weapon but it is also an Armour so we are prepared to face anything. With education being a weapon it could be detrimental to those who are not in schools,  yet, I know that learning can be done a lot through inquiry and the wondering process.

It is important for all students to have a desire to learn, understand how education can save there life and know how to share there knowledge to others. Students are the future teachers even if they decide not to be a teacher in a school they will teach there children and there peers there belief and as the school teachers we need to help them learn the basic tools so they can understand any new idea that’s thrown at them


School, Curriculum and Control (Response 2)

In elementary school my teacher had us partake in the type to learn process. Type to learn helped me type at the beginning however Today I do not remember the ways it taught me how to place my hands on the computer keyboard.  This might’ve been because we did not have a lot of time on computers after this process and did not get to spend as much time achieving success in the skill we had just learnt!

Care cruising is an online portal where students go through a process of answering a survey to see what jobs they would be good at. The survey was able to see into your career through your interests and skills that you possessed. I connected this Site to the Tyler’s rationale because it see’s the child as a savage needing to be moulded into an ideal adult.  This system in grade 7 already had picked three jobs that I should become through this process.  We were made to believe as students that it was important that we follow this path because the school made us do it.

Limitations on the Tyler rationale is quite simple to see because students are formed into something that seems great and ideal for society. With this belief being taught to the students it does not give the students a chance to mold outside from the box lifestyle that the curriculum holds them too.

The Tyler rationale mentions that we need functioning members of society with this idea we need to remember that we want to prepare them for tomorrow and not today or yesterday. Yes, curriculum does change and is formed around society but we have been preparing them for the society now which will not be around in the future they will be adults in.

Tyler’s rationale has potential benefits because when we teach everyone the same thing this results in like thinkers.  Like thinkers will usually get along because everyone enjoys being around people who are alike and value the same things. So yes this could be a potential success, but of course if we were all like thinkers collaboration will diminish because everyone will only believe in one structure.

As a society we need to remember the importance  to have diversity; that’s why it’s great that we can play with the curriculum and help to diminish the control in the school and curriculum.



Week 1 – January 10th “Life, Socialization and Common Sense”

Life happens and everyone is on their own life path. In the reading I was left with a greater understanding of how socialization impacts our pathways of life and how that changes are ability to believe and understand. When an individual finds their group in society they will surround there self in “like” groups. the idea of Like Groups is when the  people in the group tend to agree and have similar life goals and expectations. When we do this we create normalize patterns and beliefs and together create a society and culture that followings hidden laws and systems. The systems creates actions which provide hidden messages which are there but not thought about and continue to be repeated until they are a system of common sense.

As a future teacher I need to be able to draw connections with my students and understand that they might have different traditions, morals and know that they may have their own definition of common sense because they walked a different path of life than me. I need to remember to be true to my own beliefs but also have a healthy balance of being open to not only my students but to all people in my life that may believe a different  rule set than what I grew up with. Being  open to different paths and understandings of life will help me be a more well rounded teacher and life individual.

Everywhere in the world has their own belief system because they are different life group of “like” people. Let’s say an individual moved here from an island where they believe that it is common sense to where your shoes on the wrong feet. This seems really strange to us here in Regina because we know that wearing your shoes on the wrong frets seems silly because they are shaped to fit either a left foot or a right foot, but before we judge there norms we need to learn why this is normal to them and not expect that our way is the right way.

Common sense is something we grow up learning a way of thinking we take for granted and don’t realize we are learning their rule system.

Thanks I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on common sense!