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The Critical PulseThirty-Six Credos by Contemporary Critics$
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Jeffrey Williams and Heather Steffen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161152

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161152.001.0001

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Credo of a Teacher

Credo of a Teacher

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(p.137) 18 Credo of a Teacher
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The Critical Pulse
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Gerald Graff

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231161152.003.0019

This chapter explains the author's credo as a teacher: do whatever it takes to turn students into compulsively analytic intellectuals like yourself. He does not care what kind of intellectuals his students become—Left, Right, or Center—as long as he does something to help them become intellectuals. He argues that instead of trying to radicalize students, the goal of political education should be to expose them to controversial political issues while equipping them with the intellectual tools for forming their own conclusions, bringing them into the conversation of intellectuals rather than trying to convert them to the intellectualism of the left. Since his writing began to focus entirely on educational issues in the mid-1980s, the credo behind his published work has been that the function of schools and universities should be to turn the highest possible percentage of students into intellectuals.

Keywords:   credo, teachers, intellectuals, radicalism, political education, teaching

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