Use this page to raise questions about ch. 1 or add new insights after today's discussions. KES

Hi, First, I'm testing to see if my comments actually show up on this Wiki, as I'm not very familiar with using these:) Second, can we review this concept Olson mentions "washed out"? Does anyone know much about this? LQ

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Lori, Good point re: washed out...(p. 17)...where Olsen talks about the impact of school culture on, especially, new teachers whose ideals and the strategies learned in teacher ed programs are often "washed out," that is diluted or erased by the power of the institution to shape one's teaching project to conform to school norms. Does that make sense? KES


I guess I would characterize Olsen's concept of "washed out" as an internalized bias based on personal experience:

"washout occurs because teachers are shaped mostly by their own biographies as students, not by their teacher-education programs. Many beginning teachers were exposed to traditional instructional methods for most of their student lives, so the traditional view becomes their default philosophy of teaching" (17).


The only critique I would make is that biases can also come from other sources. Maybe even Ed. classes...

For sure Brian. Karen


Brian Hennelly


Thanks Brian, Karen--that helps with the concept of "wash-out". I wonder what Olson would say about the concept of teacher "burn-out" as opposed to "wash-out". -Lori


Brian Hennelly

I found Olsen's article very interesting. I reacted to the gender dynamics that Olsen writes about. Specifically, Olsen brings in the myth that women's place is in the home and that school and education is perceived as an extension of the "charitable" and "non-intellectual" work.

Whose post is this?? Karen