Sunday, April 26, 2015

Kahne and Westheimer "In the Service of What?" Quotes

This reading was about service learning and all the things that go into it. It was easy to relate to it because of the service learning project we do for this class. Service learning is going out and helping people in a community.

"Educators and legislators alike maintain that service learning can improve the community and invigorate the classroom, providing rich educational experiences for students at all levels of schooling. Service learning makes students active participants in service projects that aim to respond to the needs of the community while furthering the academic goals of students."
I agree with this quote 100%. I feel that my time spent in the elementary school for my service learning project really had a major impact on the students in the classroom. I think it defiantly helped them to have better experiences in school like the quote says it can do.

 "In addition to helping those they serve, such service learning activities seek to promote students' self-esteem, to develop higher-order thinking skills, to make use of multiple abilities, and to provide authentic learning experience"
I think that this quote is saying that service learning helps everybody involved and I agree with that.

"A transformative educational experience, on the other hand. requires that students engage in critical thinking"
This quote is saying that a good, enriching educational experiences requires students to think critically. Unfortunately, many students are not taught to think critically in school, instead they just memorize information for tests.

Here is a link to a webpage about service learning.

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