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A thought for teachers in the new year

January 3rd, 2009 · 6 Comments

I’m prepping for classes, as are tens of thousands of people around this province, and found this thought-provoking quote in a book I’m reading as part of that prep:

“Significant learning and critical thinking inevitably induce an ambivalent mix of felings and emotions, in which anger and confusion are as prominent as pleasure and clarity. The most hallowed rule of business — that the customer is always right — is often pedagogically wrong. Equating good teaching with a widespread feeling among students that you have done what they wanted ignores the dynamics of teaching and prevents significant learning.”

That’s from Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher by Stephen Brookfield.

It’s a thought-provoking paragraph, not just for teachers, but for journalists as well, who perform a kind of teaching.

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