Listen • Speak • Engage
COMM 285A: Teaching Associate Practicum I
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San José State University
Department of Communication Studies
COMM 285A, Teaching Associate Practicum I, Fall 2009
Dr. Deanna L. Fassett
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Graduate Standing; Appointment as a Graduate Teaching Associate
“It may be that there is no other way of educating people.
Possibly, but I don’t believe it.
In the meantime, it
would be a help at least to describe things properly, to call things by their right names.
Ideally, what should be said to
every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this:
‘You are in the process of being
We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination.
We are sorry, but it
is the best we can do.
What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular
The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be.
You are being taught by people who
have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors.
It is a self-
Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find
ways of educating yourself—educating your own judgment.
Those that stay must remember, always and all the time, that
they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.’”—Doris
The Golden Notebook
“There is the fallacy that the great object of education is to produce the college professor, that is, the individual
who adopts an agnostic attitude toward every important social issue, who can balance the pros against the cons with the
skill of a juggler, who sees all sides of every question and never commits himself [or herself] to any, who delays action
until all the facts are in, who knows that all the facts will never come in, who consequently holds his [or her] judgment in
a state of indefinite suspension, and who before the approach of middle age sees his [or her] powers of action atrophy and
his [or her] social sympathies decay.”
Dare the School Build a New Social Order?