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ERIC Number: ED318027
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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Teaching the Controversies: The Other within the Classroom.
Kinder, Rose Marie
In presenting courses to students, teachers should acknowledge opposition to their educational choices. Discussions of the bases and possible consequences of choices may--and should--lead students to ask for more freedom and more options. Students understand that teachers must evaluate them, so if teachers offer as much leeway as they can, students will try to be as fair as their teachers are. The teaching of controversies recognizes existing conflicts and avoids pretending a unity that does not exist. In writing-about-literature courses, teachers can explain why particular readings are chosen, where they fit, what the teachers' biases are, and what opposition to the teachers' methods exist. Acknowledgement of others' truths is a step toward becoming a teacher. This implies options in ways of thinking, which is at the core of educational goals. Allowing beliefs to shape teachings, without admitting to questions about those positions, gives rise to a monologue posing as a dialogue. (SG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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