Close-Up Books is proud to announce the release of poetry collection When Figs Fly by Jane Downing! The collection is available in both ebook and print editions (by clicking on the image) and you can sample several poems beneath the blurb: Australian poet Jane Downing‘s When Figs Fly reveals life in Australia and beyond […]
When education is the practice of freedom, students are not the only ones who are asked to share, to confess … Professors who expect students to share confessional narratives but who are themselves unwilling to share are exercising power in a manner that could be coercive. In my classrooms, I do not expect students to take any risks that I would not take, to share in any way I would not share. When professors bring narratives of their experiences into classroom discussions it eliminates the possibility that we can function as all-knowing, silent interrogators.
bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress: Education as a Practice of Freedom, p21
I know I don’t actually blog much about teaching here, but this is an idea that has stayed with me since my first or second year as an education student, and I think it’s powerful not just for tertiary education but for all learning relationships.