Essay The Dilemma: An Open Or Closed Pedagogy

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The Dilemma: An Open Or Closed Pedagogy

With lifelong effects, teachers impact the quantity, quality, and overall enjoyment of the educational experience. Their effect dilutes itself the classroom, into present life, and even the future. In the classroom, they mold and guide youth in their lifelong quest to search for the truth and their own voice in the world. Yet their influence does not stop at the classroom door. In fact, teachers have a profound impact on morals, creativity, and even politics. "Teachers always have the power in the class," Christian Zawodniak discusses in , "I'll Have To Help More Of You Than I Want To." They hold the grades and students usually perceive them as holding the knowledge too (Zawodniak 124).
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When reading Cheney's, "Alive and Entrenched," I came across a statement whichportrayed one possible effect. The student in the article "quickly discovered that the way to get A's [in a feminist anthropology class] was to write papers full of guilt and angst about how he bought into society's definition of womanhood and now he is enlightened and free."
(Cheney 117) Rather than exploring his own personal ideas concerning the issue, the student was assimilating his ideas, as well as his work, with the teacher's. This had a negative effect because he professed the beliefs as his own and as a result, was rewarded for lying with an A.

In lying for a grade, not only did the student conceal his own personal identity, but also his capability. In essence,the teacher, unknowingly, encouraged and awarded the misrepresentations by the student. In addition, the student was constricted in his freedom of thought and limited to the pedagogue's. By focusing and limiting his ideas to appeal to the teacher, the student confined any expansionof his own theories. Not only in written work does this adherence occur, but also in classroom discussion.

If a teacher professes an opinion to the class, many students would feel hardly encouraged to express their controversial beliefs for fear of a high social cost or a lower grade. As a result, communication between teacher and student would be hindered and permanently negatively affected by discouraging further

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