Re: the right to pursue excellence

KleinCon@aol.com
Fri, 9 May 1997 23:09:21 -0400 (EDT)

In a message dated 97-05-09 21:42:12 EDT, Cathy wrote:

<< However, most schools where teachers are changing their attitudes about
how kids learn, and therefore their teaching, do not give up their
authority in general. (In public schools, this would be pretty
much impossible, since they are legally responsible for the kids in
various ways). I've seen plenty of kids in such classrooms willing to
complain about this or that, and most teachers (the best ones) are
sensitive to them, and try to work with kids and be flexible. But it is
still very clear to everyone that the teacher is in charge.

Where does seduction come in here? >>

Cathy,

For me the seduction comes from the ubiquitousness of the traditional
schooling model. It is so universally accepted that an adult is supposed to
"let" kids go to the bathroom or not, that kids are supposed to sit in rows,
that kids should only be in close contact with other kids their own age, that
knowledge comes from books alone, and that one attains value as a person
based on what one can regurgitate on an "objective" test. Breaking away from
this model takes a lot of energy, courage, and conviction. It is all too
easy to slide back into (ie, be seduced by) the prevailing model.

Alan