Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Ideology

“An ideology really succeeds when even the facts which at first sight contradict it start to function as arguments in its favor.” (Zizek)

This reminds me of some classes I taught in the south where teaching students material they didn't know sometimes resulted in them getting angry - it made them think that I was a foreigner/communist trying to brainwash them. That's why I think the academy-bashing (for example that Horowitz guy) is a serious concern.

2 Comments:

Blogger Johannes said...

There is of course something much more important going on than this Horowitz clown and that is a very strange idea of the nature of learning and education, and the figure of the educator (sometimes it seems teachers are the standard villain in so much of our culture).

4:11 PM  
Blogger François said...

This reminds me of a recent story read on Michael Bérubé's blog about a student accusing his poli sci teacher of persecuting him for his conservative leanings. Said paper was later shown to conservative teachers, who also failed it.

4:22 PM  

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