NLA Discussion: Metaphors & Analogies In Adult Literacy Education
atoops at freenet.columbus.oh.us
Sun Apr 6 20:34:26 EDT 1997
As a member of Ohio's Learner Outcome Panel (a group of 59 members
representing a diverse group of stakeholders charged with re-defining Ohio
Public School Minimum Standards) I can comment on the "economic metaphor"
at least in reference to "outomes". As this panel developed, they defined
25 outcomes for all of Ohio's school students to achieve. The public
outcry was staggering. Every group represented at the table objected to
some part of the draft standards...many said that the state had no right
to dictate what local students should be like or know when thay left
public education. Others said that "outcomes" were an attempt to wrest
control away from parents by requiring students to "be good citizens".
Our legislature stepped in and forbade the Department of Education from
even using the word "outcomes" without their permission. As you can see,
the public reacts differently where non-adults and adults are concerned.
As Tom has indicated in his recent post, there are many metaphors for
adult education. I was struck by the thought that as adult educators who
work with a disadvantaged population, we should design curriculum,
assessment, and training that is composed of a mixture of all. I work in
Correctional Education where an understanding of these concepts can be
critical in the developoment of appropriate intervention.
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