ERIC Number: EJ901993
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
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On Stories and Theories: In Appreciation of Miss Freud
Cottle, Thomas J.
Schools: Studies in Education, v4 n2 p91-100 Fall 2007
In this article, the author reflects on Bert Cohler's essay "Desire, Teaching and Learning" and relates it to his teacher, Miss Anna Freud's story. The author asks whether it is possible that what one sees and hears, and encounters as teacher is only partially what is really out there in one's classroom and in the heads of one's students and primarily what one's own interior makes of these classroom and young people? So there comes a time when what one might call his/her perceptions of reality don't jibe all that well with the ways one has been trained to make sense of reality. After all, psychoanalysis teaches everyone the importance of autonomy, but have not teachers come to realize that a certain amount of dependence is not pathological, but in fact required if people and nations are to live in peace? For the author, the great danger is that theory and ideology may just work as deeply rooted censors distorting the thoughts and feelings behind the stories of others.
Descriptors: Psychiatry, Teachers, Moral Development, Ideology, Theories, Children, Story Telling, Essays, Teacher Student Relationship, Classrooms
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