Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Critical PulseThirty-Six Credos by Contemporary Critics$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM COLUMBIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.columbia.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Minnesota Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CUPSO for personal use.date: 19 June 2021

Credo of a Teacher

Credo of a Teacher

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

Gerald Graff

Columbia University Press

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

Columbia Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .