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Role of teacher
|Posted By: Allen Lambert on June 30, 2009|
|One of the important underlying issues in much writing in education is essentially about the proper role of teacher in the classroom and school. |
This piece on "Trauma" seems to be built on the view that the primary role of teacher SHOULD be that of revolutionary, or at least reformer, and that consciousness raising, including magnifying unhappiness/dissatisfaction, is a primary mechanism for and legitimate approach to teaching.
As on old radical of the 1960s and 70s, I have come to the conclusion that the primary role of school/classroom teacher should be that of teaching basic knowledge and skills (including critical thinking) relevant to the major activities most humans in a society will have to engage in for workforce and civic participation and family survival and personal success.
There is a need for the revolutionary role. But that is a role for citizens and political types, not for teacher in the classroom of public schools.