Power and privilege in education

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Power, Privilege, and Education: Pedagogy, Curriculum, and Student Outcomes by Greg A. Wiggan

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Nowadays, the key concept in teaching modern classes relies on the new teaching strategies that can make students active participants in the learning process and more creative inside classrooms. For example, executive elite and affluent professional schools have a lot of freedom of activity and creativity when learning, while working and middle class schools are considered as under privileged schools where there is much control, less space to harness the potential and creativity of students. The case of Morocco is an example. As a teacher working in both schools, I can easily spot the differences and prejudice made in both of them. In public schools, the curriculum is broad and lacks a results-oriented framework of teaching. Being a teacher in a small town where poverty is prevalent and academic facilities are almost non-existent, I noticed how teachers were interacting with students.

This conversation was led by an outside professor who spoke about unhealthy environments in the education system. This was done to create more of an open discussion atmosphere rather than a lecture. Afterward, people volunteered to share what they had discussed. Ochoa pointed out that this silence of voices is a shame, since it causes a loss of ideas and engagement that could have otherwise been shared. That way, everyone could feel included and acknowledged.

Professional practice includes staff roles in service delivery at all levels and in all sections of USC. It can stereotype dominant groups as well. This enables the recognition of the locations of power within relationships and the ways this power is manifested in the University. Privilege, in its simplest definition, is understood to be those rights, benefits and advantages enjoyed by a person or body of persons beyond the advantages of other individuals. Majority group refers to the largest group, while a minority group is a group with fewer members represented in the social system. For the purposes of a discussion about privilege, majority group also signifies the group that has historically held advantages in terms of power and economic resources. In an Australian context, it refers to those from an Anglo-Christian background.

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