Michael Apple is a professor in the Education faculty at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is also a leading theorist of Education. He has done a lot of work that looks into how education works, and how it is selective to certain groups. He looks at education as a political and ethical act that is only supporting specific individuals that belong to specific groups. According to Apple (2004), “these institutions and the manner in which they are organized and controlled are integrally related to the ways in which specific people get access to economic and cultural resources and power.” This is saying that it is important for teachers to realize the influence schools have on certain individuals, and how teachers need to make sure that this is not ignored. This distribution of power in society is very prevalent within schools. It is important that this is discussed in the classroom, and not shied away from.
Apple also seeks to uncover the complicated connections among knowledge, teaching, and power in education. This relationship is closely related to what has been mentioned above. He is looking at how the distribution of power in our society is connected to our methods of teaching, as well as how knowledge is shared and taken in by our students. Apple (2004) states there is a real relationship between those who have economic, political, and cultural power in society and the ways that education is thought about, organized and evaluated. This is very important to consider being a teacher. Teachers must realize that within our classrooms, there are going to be unequal distributions of power. This unequal distribution is going to affect how our students learn, and their abilities to focus on what they are being taught in school.
My plan moving forward with the first assignment is to find more articles related to Michael Apple, and his research in education. I hope to look more into the specific effects that Apple’s work has on specific groups of individuals. I will also look more into multiple concepts and topics in education. I hope to find something that is somewhat related to Michael Apple and his research. I will try to make as many connections between Apple’s research and work done by other scholars involved in education to wrap up my assignment.
Apple, M. W. (2004). Ideology and curriculum. Routledge.