For Students


British scholar Sara Ahmed writes in The New Inquiry(with a slightly earlier and very little different version on her own blog, feministkilljoys) an essay entitled “Against Students.” She starts out:

What do I mean by “against students”? By using this expression I am trying to describe a series of speech acts which consistently position students, or at least specific kinds of students, as a threat to education, to free speech, to civilization, even to life itself.

The other day, I posted a piece that includes a plea for faculty to become more proactively “for” students—with the hope that students will become more active on their own behalf, that they will stop seeing themselves as consumers of education but will become activists in their own education. Ahmed, however, makes a good point:

We have an understanding of how, when students are being critical of what we are doing, when…

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