The Wound of Education’s Narcissism [...]

Which brings me back to Mr. Bond’s e-mailed comment. He writes that Mr. Srigley “wasn’t shaming students. He was sympathizing with them no longer knowing what education is about…” This is the wound of education’s Narcissism: that Professors — and not administrators, not “innovators”, but most importantly not students — are the guardians of education. In this scenario, students need to be protected from administrators and innovators and themselves by those guardians of learning. And while under Mr. Bond’s and Mr. Srigley’s guardianship, students must be okay with being sympathized with for their lack of understanding. In much the same way as the academy would have us respect Mr. Žižek despite his clear lack of regard for the rest of us. (Source)

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