State-formation, teaching techniques, and globalization as aporia

Baker, Bernadette (2005) State-formation, teaching techniques, and globalization as aporia. Discourse (Abingdon), 26(1), pp. 45-77.

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Abstract

Eleanor Smith [pseudonym], teacher : I was talking to the kids about MacDonalds/I forget exactly what the context was/I said ‘‘ah, the Americans call them French fries, and, you know, MacDonalds is an American chain and they call them French fries because the Americans call them French fries’’, and this little Australian kid in the front row, very Australian child, said to me, ‘‘I call them French fries!’’ . . . Um, a fourth grade boy whom I taught in 1993 at this school, the world basketball championships were on . . . Americans were playing their dream machine and the Boomers were up against them . . . and, ah, this boy was very interested in basketball . . . but it’s not in my blood, not in the way cricket is for example . . . Um, Um, and I said to this fellow, ‘‘um, well’’, I said, ‘‘Australia’s up against Dream Machine tomorrow’’. He [Jason, pseudonym] said, ‘‘Ah, you know, Boomers probably won’t win’’. . . . I said, ‘‘Well that’s sport, mate’’. I said, ‘‘You never know in sport. Australia might win’’. And he looked at me and he said, ‘‘I’m not going for Australia, I’m going for America’’. This is from an Australian boy! And I thought so strong is the hype, so strong is the, is the, power of the media, etc., that this boy is not [pause], I can’t tell you how outraged I was. Here’s me as an Australian and I don’t even support basketball, it’s not even my sport, um, but that he would respond like that because of the power of the American machine that’s converting kids’ minds, the way they think, where they’re putting their loyalties, etc. I was just appalled, but that’s where he was. And when I asked kids for their favourite place, he said Los Angeles.

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ID Code: 89894
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/01596300500040193
ISSN: 1469-3739
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 19 Nov 2015 05:53
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2015 04:13

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