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RT, Thanks for re-posting this more prominently! The students will be thrilled that you posted this.

schan1 said in March 13th, 2009 at 15:44

That’s really awesome schan1! Especially that they are incorporating what they learned in your class to a real issue. That’s an experience they’ll never forget…or you either most likely.

b.e. said in March 13th, 2009 at 16:48

I didn’t want to jump in the conversation about business since I have no knowledge of that “world” except the nonprofit side of it and that’s a different animal so I’ll just ponder here…

I don’t think it is possible to teach students to challenge what they do when we don’t allow them to challenge us — several things come to mind. One is Fish’s fairly recent columns about not telling our students what our political philosophy is because then they’ll just spit it back at us thinking that is what we want. My thoughts on that is that our challenge is to make sure they know that isn’t what we want — which ties into your comment RT about current students being some good measure of whether they themselves are ready to face the business world — they should know, you’re right and if they dont that should tell us something. My department chair doesn’t seem all that happy that political science students are taking up the cause of having voice in hiring decisions — all he wanted to know from me was whether I had talked to them about their petition — are you kidding, of course I did – after they put it together — it was a perfect teaching moment – my issue aside which is what I told them – let’s talk about how to go about political action — what can you expect, not expect, what works to get people involved, etc. Not talk to them about it in a poverty and welfare politics class — of course I did! Not the answer he was looking for I think.

The second thing that comes to mind is a recent conversation with a colleague about the teacher in Canada — well, he said the institution can have expectations that we do our jobs. When we want to do something innovative or experimental we need to get permission from the Dean. And, he considers himself progressive in his teaching and then told me we just had to work from within. Yeah, I said, but those who do work from within are able to do that because those of us who won’t push the envelope so we seem radical and they seem more reasonable. If we didn’t do what we do, they’d seem radical — Noam Chomsky makes that argument about the media too and I think it fits here.

Okay, enough.

schan1 said in March 19th, 2009 at 19:10

That group of students is now up to 43! Wow!

schan1 said in April 12th, 2009 at 12:34

Outstanding! And thanks very much for keeping me updated. Any response yet from the Dean?

radicalteacher said in April 13th, 2009 at 19:40

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