My trusty friend Jude send me the link to his recent post The line between freedom and authority, because it relates to a recent discussion on the TALO egroup about Internet censorship in our schools.
Maybe its just the profile image and colour scheme of Borderland, but Doug seems to have a lot of patience. Especially in the freedom and authority post, but over all his blog. There aren’t emotive calls to action like you might find here on Teach and Learn Online, the voice in it is quiet and humble. There is a zen like consideration in his posts, with valuable links out offering expansion to the perspectives he is considering.
The risk and difficulty of democratizing education should be apparent to those who read these lines or to those who have attempted critical literacy, perhaps encountering the awkward position of distributing authority to students who often do not want it or know how to use itÂ .Dewey saw cooperative relations as central to democratizing education and society. To him, any social situation where people could not consult, collaborate, or negotiate was an activity of slaves rather than of a free people. Freedom and liberty are high-profile Âgod-wordsÂ in American life, but, traditionally, teachers are trained and rewarded as unilateral authorities who transmit expert skills and official information, who not only take charge but stay in charge. At the same time, students are trained to be authority-dependent, waiting to be told what things mean and what to do, a position that encourages passive-aggressive submission and sabotage.
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