A History of Education

In “A History of Education,” Painter discusses mankind and education. Painter uses the term “race” to describe both different cultures of people and the human race as a whole. This is evident when he says “Asia was the birthplace of the human race” (8), and “its people belong to the mongolian race” (9). Although Painter’s views were widely accepted at the time that the textbook was written, his views are now seen as controversial. I do not agree with how he uses the term “race,” as it was created by those who assumed that people from different cultures had a different biological make up. I also did not agree with the use of terms like “mankind” and “manhood,” when discussing people, because it made it appear that men are the more important sex.

The textbook talks about teachers being taught to think in racial terms. At the time that this textbook was written, I think teachers were taught to both believe and teach that their own race’s practices were superior, and that different teaching was required for different races. The implication of this teaching attitude may have meant that students were treated differently based on their cultural background, and taught a biased view of the world. It can be argued that education and views on humankind have changed since the release of Painter’s textbook, as stereotyping others based on their culture or gender is not as accepted. However, I do not think that these views have changed completely. People are still judged based on their skin colour, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. The anti-gay law in Sochi is a good example of this. The world has come a long way, but still has a ways to go.

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2 thoughts on “A History of Education

  1. sarahjoyross says:

    I loved how you pointed out the way the author talks about people as ‘men’ and ‘mankind’. I think that was a very important part of the reading and I don’t think is was mentioned in the lecture.

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