Toward a Resolution for Teacher-Student Conflict: Crafting Spaces of Rigorous Freedom with Classroom Debate

  • Dmitri Seals


This chapter investigates how teachers might turn the apparent contradiction between the rise of standards-based measures of accountability and the desire for humanizing, empowering education into a generative debate. In the face of the enduring power of the standards movement, debate enables teachers and students to function as intellectuals and meet required benchmarks on their own terms. Youth develop high-level academic skills through participation in an activity where accountability comes mainly from peers rather than adults, much less from an official document. The chapter explores how such conflicts over the goals and content of education might result in a new harmony between academic accountability and intellectual self-determination.


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  • Dmitri Seals
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  1. 1.University of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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