ERIC Number: ED234881
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Feb-18
Reference Count: N/A
Are You Phrog Farming or Helping to Drain the Swamp?
Harvey, Jerry B.
Innovation Abstracts, v5 n5 Feb 18 1983
The difference between phrogfessors and teachers is that phrogfessors train tadpoles in the way of the swamp (i.e., create likenesses of themselves) while teachers produce people and thereby help to drain the swamp. Phrogfessors take responsibility for what their students learn. They believe that if a student does badly, it is the phrogfessor's fault. In this way, they deny their students' existence. The basic job of a phrogfessor is to be responsible for students and to care for oneself, while the basic job of a teacher is to be responsible for oneself and to care for the students. Teachers look for ways to connect people psychologically to important issues, are passionate and subjective, and don't feel that they are important to the learning process. It is the student who is responsible for the student's learning. Teachers do not become phrogfessors by design and, luckily, the process is reversible if the right choices are made. (DC)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. National Inst. for Staff and Organizational Development.