Thursday, August 15, 2013
It is getting more and more difficult to teach, as students want to hear only what they already think or believe in, and will try to get you fired if you disagree. What happened to the teacher being devil's advocate to make students think and students knowing enough to know how the game is played, and not taking every opinion or statement as gospel fact, from the teacher or from those they follow as role models? And if we are getting polarized and refusing to think, could it be the end of democracy, of the arts and of free thought? Of course true artists, including actors, will always push the envelope and risk attack and even death to make progress on helping other to think. We should never demand or require anyone agree with us, or take our view, only that they learn to listen to and see both sides, understand the characters and players, and consider the message of the playwright or filmmaker.