Teaching for Change in a Culture of Compliance

Doug Noon, Borderland, Oct 23, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

OK, I admit I'm a bit unhappy because I was arguing with teachers this afternoon. This article is on point about the subject of dispute. Doug Noon writes, "I'm not interested in indoctrinating anyone. My only agenda is activating some gray matter, and acknowledging the value of participating in public discourse, none of which is emphasized in any official reform agenda." But it's not clear to me that all teachers are like that. Not that they actually want to indoctrinate students. But rather, they are too feeble to resist being used as agents by those that do.
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