Balancing Commitment and Openness in Teaching: Giving Conservatives Their Best Shot

  • Donald Lazere
Part of the Education, Politics, and Public Life book series (EPPL)


My method of coping with these problems facing critical pedagogy entails an effort on the teacher’s part to balance a rationally established, politically committed position (some would say “a bias”) with open-ended challenges to it. This method aspires—haltingly, to be sure—to William’s Perry’s highest stage of development in moral reasoning, that of committed relativism. I apply this method mainly within the context of an advanced composition course in argumentative rhetoric and writing from sources, first formulated in my 1992 “Teaching the Political Conflicts: A Rhetorical Schema,” then developed in textbook form in Reading and Writing for Civic Literacy.


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