Another question requiring courage: Is teaching bad?
|I've been attending all the discussions I could possibly find these days. (Believe it or not, today I simultaneously attended Michael Coghlan's talk at YM for the baw2005 group **and** the Tapped In session by Dana and the others for the weblogging group, because I was determined not to miss anything. I just hope I didn't sound too confused, trying to keep up with both!)
Anyway, my point is this: In most of these talks, discussions, and conferences, I've received the impression that "teaching" is nowadays a no-no, and that classes should be run differently so as to encourage student empowerment, decision-making, etc. Of course, all our textbooks say the same, so it's no surprise to me, and to a large extent I agree, **but** I have to be totally honest and say that when I look back on my own learning experience, a lot of my best teachers were exactly that: *teachers* (in the traditional sense). I mean, they were authoritative and the center of the class, and very much in charge. So I find myself wondering: Is that necessarily bad? Isn't this the old pendulum case all over again? I mean, it's not necessarily true that new ideas are always better than old ones, is it? I'd guess that each has their merits and demerits, and that very often it's just a matter of knowing when to use which method rather than clinging to one or the other.
So what do you say? Is "teaching" (as opposed to mere facilitating/supporting/etc.) bad?
Looking forward to receiving help on this question!