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Friday, March 29, 2013

Motivating Thought



''Part of teaching is helping students learn how to tolerate ambiguity, consider possibilities, and ask questions that are unanswerable.''

- Sara Lawrence Lightfoot
What are your thoughts on this statement? 



It is my belief that this is true, on all three levels.



Many students today are taught to think one way, or grow up in a culture where you are rewarded for thinking with blinders on. The ability to understand others is reserved for the few who make it a point to use compassion and open minded thought to see beyond their own world, their own jobs, their own universe. Other students find it hard to put items that are not related to each other in any obvious way together to find a solution or a potential direction of thought.







Many does not mean all. 






There are no fixed answers, no one “fact” or “truth” on an issue. There are many out there summarizing things in slogans or flat statements that do not encourage independent thinking, searching or open communication, listening and understanding beyond the obvious.




Is it the teacher’s job to help students break through those barriers?
How would you define a teacher’s role in today’s world?



First posted 9-07-2009

23 comments:

lombardi1169@yahoo.com said...

Nicole Lombardi Com 101 111 TR 8am

I really like this quote. Because I think that some teachers really do try and push their students to limits that even they themselves did not know they could reach.
Students are so afraid to do or say things that would go against their professor. This limits their mind. they no longer truly think for themselves but rather they only go for what will get them the A or for what will not have them with opposing views for the teacher. it is important to learn to be creative and think for yourself and not be affraid to think differently

Anonymous said...

This quote has surely been one of the most truthful quotes i've herd.I believe that teachers are here to inlighten us. Wether we are tought one thing at home and we are made to think one one, there is more to it than that. Having other opninons or other peolpe to ask questions gives us a diverse sense of answers
- EMMA GARCIA
COM 101 SEC 111

Anonymous said...

The quote is a truthful, however i am not sure the students would agree. Some students do not want to think outside of the box, becuase they are so focused on the grade they will receive. Most students are only willing to think what the professor thinks. Being a student myself i have met teachers that actually grade how they think, so you have to agree with them to get the grade you want.

-Amber Day
Com 101 111 TR 8am

Anonymous said...

I think part of the learning process involves letting go of assumptions and to listen to other viewpoints. Sometimes this is easier said than done, both on the instructers part and the students, myself included. It's hard when you feel your opinions are set in stone and someone with a different viewpoint will get you to look at it from a different angle. It's possible that this exchange of ideas will help you see things from their perspective and although you may not still agree you will have a better understanding of their viewpoints.

Anonymous said...

Sara's quote shines some light on the real responsiblities of a good teacher. Not only are teachers supposed to teach the curriculum, they need to stretch students thinking abilities. Teachers have the choice of just doing the bare minimum by only teaching what is given to them, or they can go beyond that and create a generation of inquisitve and capable people. On the other hand, teachers can only do so much, it is also the students responsiblity to make the most out of it. School is meant to teach us how to think on our own, not just accept what society votes as truth.

Destiny Gillin Com 101-sec 116

Anonymous said...

I agree with this quote. It is a good one! Sometimes students dont want to think outside the box, but if you have the teacher that encourages the different viewpoints then it becomes easier. I like learning from other peoples understanding of things. It helps me understand better!
-AMANDA Com 101

alexis said...

Alexis DiPetro
sara's quote decribed the good teachers who try to push there students to the best that they can be. But like Art said" that many students are taught to think one way".I think it SOULD be teachers job's to help students to think between the lines,be compassionite,be open minded, and consider possibilities. As a student myself i love to look at things from a different point of view that makes me a critical thinker,and i learned this from my teachers and family. It breaks us as students into amazing peaople who can do anything. I would define a teachers role in todays society is to teach the givin material,the cirriculum,give students the stratagies they need o do great in school,and to teach them to be open mineded.

Alexis dipietro,COM 101 section #116

Angela Trifiletti; com 101 sec 111 t/r @ 8 said...

I think this quote is great; i only wish that more teachers would act on it. I have had many great teachers in my life, as well as some very "useless" ones too. Teaching should be taken seriously, and while many teachers do teach their students not only school lessons, but life lessons, there are many out there that still need to figure out how to make that impact on somebody's life. good or bad...

Anonymous said...

I liked this one an think
its pretty true. I thyink everyone should speak there mind and not be shut out because of the things around them.
Amanda Mckelvey Com 101-111

Norma said...

I agree with this statment. I think it's the teachers job to push us to think about things in many different ways.If we were just taught one way I don't think we would be where we are today.
Norma Jaynes Com 101 Sec 116

Kayla Wilson com101 sec 111 @ 8am said...

I really like this quote and i think it is so important in society especially in todays times. I believe that sometimes we focus too hard on finding "the" answer, instead of letting our minds look to see there is always more than one answer. I think that in order for society to function we need to realize that there are many truths, nothings ever black and white, and that other people also will have different interpretations of things then you. This quote, to me, says that we need to focus on learning how to truly and endlessly learn versus just focusing on finding the one truth

Kimberly said...

COM101-550

Closed minded people drive me crazy. They are never open to new ideas or new opinions. They feel you either believe the way they believe or that you are crazy or were raised incorectly. They have no idea what they are missing by being that way.

Breyon Miller said...

I believe this is very true, and that students today are taught to think one way.
As a teacher, it is their job to keep those students to be structured in that way, but at the same time to try and teach us creativity and attempt to break some of those barriers. All teachers are different though, and all have different opinions.
Teachers have been in our lives for many years now, basically since we were potty trained. Every teacher teaches differently, but they all teach the same things. Students don't even realize some of the stuff we have been taught. We are taught to walk into class and sit down quietly, to raise our hands when we need something, to stand in a perfect line, to not talk when the person with more authority is speaking. All these things become part of our culture and who we are.

Kyle said...

This quote is a good one, but I think that a lot of teachers don't push for their students to think outside the box anymore. With the pay cuts in so many areas, some teachers (not all) just want to get in, get out, and on there way home. With how easy it is to access some information now and days, some teachers just won't try as hard to help motivate students to think in a different way. They will not help motivate, because they are not motivated themselves. A teachers role today is to just teach the basics of what is needed in class and no longer a building of personal growth.

Leavittfamilyfun said...

It is not a teacher's job to spout opinion and pass it off as fact. Teaching is sharing knowledge. When an "opinion" is expressed in addition to this knowledge, it should be delivered as such. Learning the material and then deciding if it is worthy for continuation is the student's responsibility. Teaching and Learning is an ongoing process. It never stops. Opinions seem to have been expressed as a negative, which I disagree with. When I tell my friend that Liver and Onions taste gross knowing that he will say they are good is simply expressing our opinions on a fact. I've tasted them . . . and so has he, and we made up our own minds about it. I do agree with forming one's own opinion carefully.

Anonymous said...

I think most of the time students are not going to take it upon them themselves to take that step out side of the box. Its up to the teachers (good teachers) to give them a little push and and help them take that step and start coming up with there own opinions.

-Joseph Stein com 101 MW 4:30pm-

Melissa Hernandez com101-115 said...

I like this quote because its so true. People might not even notice it at first. I do think that teachers should be teaching the students but as well to help the students increase their thinking ability. just to teach them that it is good for them to have their own opinion on something and not just relying on what their culture and friends think.

Anonymous said...

I think that a teacher can help by give the tools to break through barriers. Although its up to each person to take what they have learned and apply it in there own way. The key word was help, not change. A teachers role is to teach.....
-Jessica Cardiel

J Purkiss said...

I agree to a certain extent. I feel that it is the teacher's responsibility to push a students limits to help them achieve more, however helping one overcome ambiguity can easily become pushing one's own ideals and opinions on said student. Growth and development should always be pushed to help us grow, but when it comes to decisions for personal commitment and opinion, facts should be taught on both sides of the argument and a chance for the individual to choose for his or herself.

Anonymous said...

I really like this quote. I think teachers should motivate their students to think outside the box and get creative with their work, but I feel that now a day’s teachers take away the opportunity for student to think further on. I believe that teachers prefer to use the easy way by promoting the use of computers and new technology instead of using their brains.
-JAnneth LEon
com 101

Anonymous said...

Too many of us simply believe what we want to and do not listen to or even tolerate others. I know I feel uncomfortable when anyone questions my beliefs. We need to open up to learn and understand others.

Anonymous said...

I think that there really are some good teachers out their, but they are becoming harder and harder to come across now a days. Alot of teachers are only their to collect a paycheck and go home. I have had so many teachers that have no desire to get their students to learn new things, or are passionate about what they are teaching. But coming across a passionate teacher and one who really knows how to push their students is an awesome experience!

-N186P

Anonymous said...

I agree Sara Lightfoot. It is the duty of a teacher to take students to a knew level of thinking. To enable us to see all sides of situations outside of our own way. It is especially important for Americans to learn this skill because America is a melting pot filled with various races and cultures. The sad part is, there are many teachers who do not care to teach us this skill.
K186F