Teachers should teach, not “facilitate,” writes Fred Strine in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The “sage on the stage” is more effective than the “guide on the side,” he argues.
Education requires discipline, both intellectual and behavioral, and discipline must be imposed before it becomes engrained. That’s the way it works for families as responsible adults raise their kids, and that’s the way it used to work in public schools when I started teaching eons ago. But all too often nowadays kids are left to raise themselves and teach themselves.
. . . intellectual inertia needs a genuine push toward knowledge. Facilitators are too wimpy, too passive to push anything or anyone.
Via Core Knowledge.
Update: In The Oprahization of Academia, an English professor takes another knock at facilitators.