Reading Response #2: The Tyler Rationale

Within my schooling experience the Tyler Rationale seems to be a part of the main evaluation systems in place. Everything that was taught felt like it was being taught for the sole purpose of examination, and to find out who could regurgitate the most information from class. Most of my classes only focussed on an outcome-based system. At the time that the Tyler Rationale was established schools were trying to emulate the conditions of a factory line, where you start with one thing and mold and shape it until it comes out the other side a prepared member of society ready to contribute. Now, obviously schools operate differently in the day to day processes, but I believe that the same goal of just giving what needs to be given and sending out a person to contribute to society is still implied by many school systems.

I believe the main disadvantage to the Tyler Rationale is the amount of stress put on the outcome-based approach that focusses on heavy evaluation to determine success. in my opinion this is the largest drawback because it does not take into account that there are some students who ca not handle stress of examinations, or are just bad test takers. There could also be some kind of outside problems going on with the students in their family lives. Many kids that I knew growing up had a lot of issues in their families and it was reflected in the work they did the next day at school.

But, one of the advantages to the Tyler Rationale is the organization. For the sake of the teacher the level of structure and organization would be nice. In my case I did better when things had a set structure within the classroom, and many people I know like myself, tended to thrive in an organized and well structured learning environment. But it all comes down to the type of learner each student is, because not everyone will do well in certain classroom environments. The most important thing in modern schools now is that each student is going to get the best education they possibly can and that their needs are met by the staff. Hopefully schools will continue this upward trend and become better than they have been.

3 thoughts on “Reading Response #2: The Tyler Rationale

  1. I liked the outlook that you showed on the Tyler Rationale. My schooling experience also had a lot of focus on outcome-based learning so I can relate to that. The disadvantage to the Tyler Rationale that you brought up was really thought provoking because a lot of people overlook students who aren’t doing as well in classes without looking into personal lives and what is going on outside the classroom. Overall I enjoyed reading your response and thought that you had good insight into the article.


  2. I quite agree with the disadvantages that you found with reading Tyler’s rationale, I seen the same problems in my school. The students that had problems outside of school had a harder time with their school work because they had other thoughts on their mind. I am the same way of learner as you, I do much better with a well structured classroom instead of different types of learning. But i also agree teachers have to keep bettering the classroom so all students get the education they deserve,


  3. I like your reference to a factory line to describe how schools were modelled during the time of when the Tyler Rationale was being created. It definitely represents the depiction of the purpose of schools before and creates a good comparison to how schools have changed and evolved. You make a good point regarding the amount of stress on students caused from the outcome-based-approach. Although it is important to ensure that students learn particular skills and pass necessary exams and classes that are compulsory, sometimes, these requirements are at the expense of maintaining good mental health. However, the Tyler Rationale is definitely beneficial to the teacher. Organization is necessary for good classroom management and Tyler’s Rationale helps to achieve this.


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