What does Shor want us to know?
Shor explores the idea that traditional education turns students off of learning and discusses how it is important that we as teachers can attempt to rebuild our students’ visions of education. He explains at great length about how a teacher- oriented classroom stifles students and creates many negative thoughts among students within such a classroom. He states that “Many students do not like the knowledge, process, or roles set out for them in class. In reaction, they drop out or withdraw into passivity or silence in the classroom. Some become self educated; some sabotage the curriculum by misbehaving” (14). I can agree with Shor from my experiences in the classroom- it seems as thought students who are used to a more traditional form of education, tend to be very negative about school in general, and it is a very difficult pattern to break. (A negative educational ideology.) Shor takes this idea and shows us the importance of student involvement for the greatest success. He talks about how if students have more involvement and voice in their classrooms, they learn more and tend to have better attitudes about school. The dialogue between students, their peers, and their teachers essential in creating a classroom community where they can begin to discuss and become part of what they are learning. This in turn allows students to make meaning of their experiences.