What influence are you having?

Tompkins (1991) challenges me, “We tell ourselves we need to teach our students to think critically so that they can detect the manipulations of advertising, analyze the fallacious rhetoric of politicians and expose the ideology of popular TV shows, resist the stereotypes of class, race and gender …. But I have come to think more and more that what really matters … is not so much what we talk about in class as what we do …. The classroom is a microcosm of the world; it is the chance we have to practice whatever ideals we cherish.  The kind of classroom situation one creates is the acid test of what it is one really stands for.” [seen in Weimer 2002].

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