The War Against Teachers: A Must Read…

Tweeted Henry Giroux’s article, The War Against Teachers as Public Intellectuals in Dark Times last week.  ‘Twas too busy to comment on it with finals and all.  Still limited for time, but took time to make the following comment on Facebook.  Read his article!

The article is a dense, lengthy read…however, it explains the fallacies of education reform efforts (focused on teacher-, and teacher-union bashing), which admittedly are very difficult to disentangle as truths, half-truths, appeals to emotion, and outright lies are woven together nearly seamlessly in most education reformer’s rhetoric…until the public truly understands the enormity of a teacher’s tasks, we will continue to be swayed by today’s equivalent of yellow journalism…

“A critical pedagogical practice does not transfer knowledge but create the possibilities for its production, analysis and use. Without succumbing to a kind of rigid dogmatism, teachers should provide the pedagogical conditions for students to bear witness to history, their own actions and the mechanisms that drive the larger social order so that they can imagine the inseparable connection between the human condition and the ethical basis of our existence. Educators have a responsibility for educating students in ways that allow them to hold power accountable, learn how to govern and develop a responsibility to others and a respect for civic life. The key here is to recognize that being a public intellectual is no excuse for being dogmatic. While it is crucial to recognize that education has a critical function, the teachers’ task is not to mold students but to encourage human agency, to provide the conditions for students to be self-determining and to struggle for a society that is both autonomous and democratic.”

War Against Teachers

About Dave aka Mr. Math Teacher

Independent consultant and junior college adjunct instructor. Former secondary math teacher who taught math intervention, algebra 1, geometry, accelerated algebra 2, precalculus, honors precalculus, AP Calculus AB, and AP Statistics. Prior to teaching, I spent 25 years in high tech in engineering, marketing, sales and business development roles in the satellite communications, GPS, semiconductor, and wireless industries. I am awed by the potential in our nation's youth and I hope to instill in them the passion to improve our world at local, state, national, and global levels.
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3 Responses to The War Against Teachers: A Must Read…

  1. Dave ( also a career changer Math teacher ),a few years ahead of you. says:

    Thanks, I have to translate this article into English. It certainly is a war; maybe you can make General in this army.


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