This-essay is a8203171.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %STUDENTS' POLITICAL POWER 820317 Rarely do students in a cooperative way exercise political power. Rarely do students say to professors who are telling student what they must do that way, the students, would like to have a say in how the class is run. Professors teach students that to be good students they must "make it" on their own on this basis of superior intellect and hard work --- with the professors writing all the rules of the game, serving as referee, and keeping score. Students who accept such professorial definitions of the nature and rules of the game of getting ahead in academe find it difficult to think assertively about creating, gathering and/or exercising political power in their own best interests, or in the interests of academic honesty and growth. According to some professors rules of the game, to turn away of individual ability and hard work, and towards the exercise of political power is to cheat in the academic game. Only those students who do not deserve to get ahead will stoop to exercising political power and assert what it is that they regard as being valuable and most important to students' intellectual and affective health. Thus students who respect their traditional professors must in a sense declare independence from those professors that they respect --- before they can ask the professors to be responsive to students' needs and interests. Higher education is perverted when professors exercise political power in classrooms in the absence of effective exercise of political power by students. Dialogue is blocked and mistakes are not revealed when there is an imbalance of political power. The search for truth is transformed into the exercise of authority and the recitation of doctrine. The satisfaction of curiosity is replaced by the recitation of facts. The formulation of new questions is crowded out by the cataloging of old answers to old questions. The expression of personal feelings and insights become less important than attention to the propriety of forms of expression and language. Without student political power education becomes authoritarian. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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