Saturday, January 19, 2013

How Can We Serve?

"Commitment to teaching well is a commitment to service. Teachers who do the best work are always willing to serve the needs of their students. In an imperialist white-supremacist capitalist patriarchal culture, service is devalued. Dominator culture pointedly degrades service as a way of maintaining subordination. Those who serve tend to be regarded as unworthy and inferior. No wonder then that there is little positive discussion of the teacher's commitment to serve."

    ---bell hooks, "How Can We Serve," Teaching Community. Routledge, New York and London, 2003.

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