Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

As the title suggests, this post considers caring for teachers, and is presented through the theory of caring offered by bell hooks. Three types of caring are considered: that of teachers for each other, of students for teachers, and of institutions for teachers. I think there's a bit of tension in the idea of teaching as an act of service (as in hooks: "a practice of giving that eschews the notion of reward") and the idea of teachers requiring care from those they serve, especially (as Bali notes) in recent circumstances where burn-out is an issue. I think I would be more comfortable with an ethics of caring that applies generally (for example, not demanding people push themselves too far or endanger themselves) rather than the creation of a specific responsibility to care that accrues when someone cares for you (which, would in effect, make caring necessarily reciprocal, and hence, transactional).

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