Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Radical Pedagogy

A term and an idea:

That change in the direction of social justice results from "thinking globally but acting locally"--the Buddhist belief that you are responsible for your own "body, mind, and actions", and that choices you make locally can have significant impact throughout the universe. So pay attention!

Radical pedagogy would believe that social change for the better can be manifested by teachers who not only convey data but also embody Buddhist right conduct. As a teacher, you don't tell people how to behave; instead, you show them, in your own actions, how to integrate progressive political beliefs, scholarly rigor, and community responsibility.

The job of a radical pedagogue is to tell the truth, to manifest professional and personal ethics, and to work hard for students' education not only in terms of data but also in terms of the positive possibilities for right conduct.

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