Teaching as a subversive activity summary

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teaching as a subversive activity summary

Teaching as a Subversive Activity by Neil Postman

A no-holds-barred assault on outdated teaching methods--with dramatic & practical proposals on how education can be made relevant to todays world.
Crap detecting
The medium is the message, of course
The inquiry method
Pursuing relevance
Whats worth knowing?
Meaning making
New teachers
City schools
New languages: the media-
Two alternatives
So what do you do now?
Strategies for survival
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Teaching As a Subversive Activity

Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual yes, we know, that's such a bad word ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license. Massimo, I agree with most of what you write here. Talk about disrespecting teachers! It takes a particular talent and passion to teach at these levels, aside from knowledge of the basic content.


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I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Recently I was talking with a friend, sharing with him that someone I know had been let go from her university faculty position. She was dismissed because she took a stand against a policy that she thought was inimical to the growth of her students and the mission of her work. And, she enlisted her students in the cause. My friend took the position that the employer had the right to make sure that the teacher was not inciting her students to revolt. The termination, therefore, was justified. It was at that moment that I realized how few people - even intelligent, thoughtful ones, like my friend - see classrooms as incubators for revolution - or at the very least, laboratories for change.


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    About Rationally Speaking

  2. Ravipk says:

    The first is that the art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge…The second idea is that question asking…has to deal with problems that are perceived as useful and realistic to the learner.

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    See a Problem?

  4. Isiah R. says:

    A place for learning about online education

  5. Rhys G. says:

    Thank you!

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