Teaching to Transgress

Two articles I’ve read recently resonate nicely with Josh’s selection of bell hooks. The first, The Pedagogical Power of Opening Up, along with Teaching to Transgress, inspires me to reexamine a conscious decision I’ve made to limit the disclosure of things personal in my teaching. I am still ambivalent about opening up; however, the readings have indeed demonstrated the impact of “putting oneself out there” and making the relevance of course content explicit in a straightforward (if not entirely personal) manner in an engaged and empowered classroom. The second article, Teach or Perish, addresses a fundamental schizophrenia in our training as academics and as we shape a professional identity as faculty members. bell hooks alludes to a relevant, although not quite the same, disconnect in her experience as a teacher/professor. I wonder if I may add “Teach or Perish” to Teaching to Transgress as a long footnote?

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