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?
Teaching to Transgress