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Old 12-05-2023, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I have an interview coming up for a full time job tutoring math in a public school. I have a math degree, so there is no issue with me knowing the material. Though it's been a long time, I have tutored before, so that's not an issue either.

However, in this interview, I'll need to explain how I plan to implement this so-called "anti-oppression". What does this mean? I'm not supposed to oppress the students?

I know modern public schools have fully embraced a bunch of crazy ideas, but this is just going off the charts. I have no plans to oppress anyone, but I would like to impress the interviewer so I get this job.

Thanks.

 
Old 12-06-2023, 07:51 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Oppression is definitely REAL in US History.

Recognizing that is important and done by most responsible adults. Setting a measurable agenda can be yet another policy to tip-toe around (as an employee).

https://theantioppressionnetwork.com...ti-oppression/

It's too bad we can no longer have frank discussions with meaningful dialog.

Not doing so adds to our Coddling Problem. (which will be a significant social downfall, but not the only thing our enemies are effectively using against us, leading to our self destruction as a nation).

"anti-oppression" is an implied term that builds defenses and excuses. Polarizing the progress to recognize and remediate.
 
Old 12-06-2023, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Sun City West, Arizona
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Originally Posted by Alonso Gil View Post
I have an interview coming up for a full time job tutoring math in a public school. I have a math degree, so there is no issue with me knowing the material. Though it's been a long time, I have tutored before, so that's not an issue either.

However, in this interview, I'll need to explain how I plan to implement this so-called "anti-oppression". What does this mean? I'm not supposed to oppress the students?

I know modern public schools have fully embraced a bunch of crazy ideas, but this is just going off the charts. I have no plans to oppress anyone, but I would like to impress the interviewer so I get this job.

Thanks.
I have to ask you a question. You say you don't know what "anti-oppression" is. Okay...right now, without reading any further, I don't know either. But if you don't know what it is, how can you say it's a crazy idea that's off the charts?
 
Old 12-06-2023, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I have to ask you a question. You say you don't know what "anti-oppression" is. Okay...right now, without reading any further, I don't know either. But if you don't know what it is, how can you say it's a crazy idea that's off the charts?
I said in my OP that I know what the words mean.... I'm not supposed to oppress the students, which should be obvious... but really, what do they want me to do? Pretend that I'm about to oppress the students and then stop myself from doing so?

It just strikes me as a bunch of hooey. I'm looking for some assistance so I can please the interviewer and move on to actually teaching students something useful.
 
Old 12-06-2023, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Central Virginia
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However, in this interview, I'll need to explain how I plan to implement this so-called "anti-oppression". What does this mean? I'm not supposed to oppress the students?
Yes, we know what the words mean but what is the context in relation to this school system? Because, as you said, it's obvious that a teacher shouldn't oppress students.

To implement it means to put it into effect. So is "it" a policy? Is "it" a strategic initiative? Is "it" a teaching method?

If you don't know the context, then ask them and ask them to provide some examples. Then you can properly respond.
 
Old 12-06-2023, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Yes, we know what the words mean but what is the context in relation to this school system? Because, as you said, it's obvious that a teacher shouldn't oppress students.

To implement it means to put it into effect. So is "it" a policy? Is "it" a strategic initiative? Is "it" a teaching method?

If you don't know the context, then ask them and ask them to provide some examples. Then you can properly respond.
Thank you. I will ask them.
 
Old 12-06-2023, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Central Virginia
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So I found this link and you may find it helpful.

chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/https://board.dpsk12.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/101/22_23-Ends-1.1-Equity-Reasonable-Interpretation.pdf

I suggest reading the definitions and reflecting on how some of those could be applied to your teaching style/methods and subject matter.

I could be going down the totally wrong path here but I would hazard a guess that numbers 5, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 20, and 21 might be helpful to reflect on as it applies to your teaching methods, interactions with students, and classroom management. But you would be prepared at least is that's what they're looking for.
 
Old 12-06-2023, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Sun City West, Arizona
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Originally Posted by Alonso Gil View Post
I said in my OP that I know what the words mean.... I'm not supposed to oppress the students, which should be obvious... but really, what do they want me to do? Pretend that I'm about to oppress the students and then stop myself from doing so?

It just strikes me as a bunch of hooey. I'm looking for some assistance so I can please the interviewer and move on to actually teaching students something useful.
think about the bolded that YOU have put together

and...

perhaps they know what issues are problems in their school or school system better than you do
 
Old 12-06-2023, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Rhode Island
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Anti-oppression means you are supposed to be really really nice to the student no matter how poorly they are performing or how little effort they are expending.

Welcome to the new and continuously failing public school system.
 
Old 12-06-2023, 01:59 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Anti-oppression means you are supposed to be really really nice to the student no matter how poorly they are performing or how little effort they are expending.

Welcome to the new and continuously failing public school system.
It sounds like you didn't read the very informative link Rabbit provided in his post.
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