A pedagogy of friendship

Where does all this talk of transcendental education get us with respect to the classroom? We can start by saying that a good teacher is one whose teaching is marked by loving the subject in front of students, whom the teacher also loves. If it’s not simply information that needs to be transmitted, but information delivered in a way in which other priorities and understandings are rearranged and put into place, an ethos of love in the classroom will be one of the few things strong enough to carry that freight. Fear might also work, but then the teacher is not necessarily a good teacher, but rather a teacher good at producing a specific result. There is a difference.

But the point of this post is to refer you to an article on education called “Medieval Wisdom for Modern Universities.” I read it about a year ago and I’ve come back to it again and again, because I think it explains a lot about how I’ve learned things in my own life, but also why the university system has largely failed to do its job.


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