Essay about Education as a Relationship

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Education as a Relationship

In what ways do the teacher and the student become united in the average classroom? The teacher might often be biased towards this or that group or individual. The students might be unmotivated and lazy, belligerent to the teacher no matter how much effort is expended on their behalf. So why then, do we try? Why is education the fundamental building block of any successful society? Education is the viaduct of understanding, and without understanding, society quickly degenerates into a socially darwinistic survival of the fittest. Education might be an imperfect vehicle at best, but it is all we have, and therefore it has become something that we must put effort into improving. All this rests on the
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We all have different backgrounds, which means each of us has a slightly different way of thinking. I like to think of these differences as singers in a choir. If you have ever sung with a large group, you know that the quality of the choral piece lies not in a single voice. Beauty lies in the unity of many different tones. The sopranos and the tenors balance the harmony and the melody, while the altos and the basses provide a solid foundation for the other voices to build on and sing around. When one of the groups overpowers the other, dissonance is created, which means the tones don’t sound right because the song is unbalanced. Such choral dissonance sometimes occurs in education. If one group believes it’s viewpoint is more important, the beauty of the other viewpoints is lost, as well as the first’s. Let me give a few examples of what I’m referring to from my own personal “choir.”

Let me begin by giving a statement by Mike Rose from the beginning of the previously mentioned article.

A friend of mine recently suggested that education is one culture embracing another… Education can be a desperate, smothering embrace, and embrace that denies the needs of the other. But education can also be an encouraging, communal embrace—at it’s best an invitation, an opening. (107)

Allow me to compare and contrast two very different teaching experiences I had. I remember my high school English teacher Mr. Flygare. He was a sparse sort of fellow, very
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