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Most of us are familiar with the raging hormones and insensitive outbursts typically associated with the teen years. But is it true that there is little a parent can do to instill kindness and compassion during this time? According to arecent article in the Wall Street Journal by Sue Shellenbarger, “biology, not parenting, is to blame” for the lack of empathy and selfish behavior during adolescence.
Facebook has been pegged as a waste of time, a classroom disruption and a bad habit that is correlated with low grades. Missouri even went so far as to ban Facebook and other social media relationships between teachers and students (the law was later repealed).
But teachers such as Reynol Junco — who recently published a study that shows certain types of Facebook use are correlated with higher GPAs — are beginning to look at ways that they can use Facebook to their advantage.
The SOLE concept, although flexible, has the potential to offer a divergent, radical transformative pedagogy. This sits somewhat uncomfortably alongside more convergent approaches which position the learner as subservient to the curriculum, with the task of merely mastering subject matter prescribed by the teacher. However, what is notable from this analysis is that transformative pedagogy seems to be positioned alongside, rather than in conflict with, the dominant educational framework.