The Hidden Curriculum

Monday was my second session of Introduction to Education.  Our theme for the day was the “hidden curriculum” of schools.  We spent the afternoon discussing and analyzing the socially reproductive functions of the classroom in socializing children along lines of class, gender, and race.  There was some engaging discussion, especially about the hidden curriculum of Oregon Trail the computer game.  We started the class by writing nametags.  I couldn’t help but think that this was part of a hidden curriculum preparing us to be teachers.  Or at least a hidden evaluation of our “teacher” handwriting…

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