In The Anti-Education Era: Creating smarter students through digital learning (2013), James Paul Gee cites people’s fundamental need to orient towards status and solidarity reference groups as forces for both motivating and undermining good decisions. “For us humans, there is no asocial starting point” (Gee, p.77), and with the blitz of today’s media landscape, now more than ever children need to be immersed in a collaborative classroom culture that not only meets Gee’s five conditions for smart human action, but counters negative social pressures, recognizes “smart” influences, and prepares students to tackle complex problems.
Status, Solidarity, and Classroom Culture (essay, 700 words)
Gee, James Paul. (2013). The Anti-Education Era: Creating smarter students through digital learning. [Kindle Edition]
Liverpool, DoES. (2015). Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast (Online image). Retrieved from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/doesliverpool/19889795436