Session 6: Sunday, June 3rd: 12:00 - 1:50pm
As always, education is an ideological battleground. Decisions about what students are expected to study and how they are expected to react to current events are shaped by tensions between different political and pedagogical philosophies. Teachers who invite students to directly examine the nature of ideology are often dismissed as “brainwashing” students, while the status quo is unproblematized and treated as neutral. This session will continue a discussion started in the first session (Addressing Ideology in the Classroom Pt. 1). The facilitator and two presenters from the first session will review the key issues that have been raised. Then two new presenters will make brief remarks. The first new presenter is a high school History teacher, and the second is a teaching artist. At that point, the facilitator will moderate an open dialogue between the presenters and those in attendance. The focus will be how teachers can help students productively engage in analysis of the ideological dimensions of key topics (e.g., xenophobia and immigration policy, the representation of minorities in literature, the history of US imperialism, etc.). As part of this conversation, we expect that participants will examine the ideological nature of education itself under neoliberalism and share suggestions for helping students critique the educations they are receiving.