Turning to more personal aspects of “tuned-in” teaching, I believe that the intellectual love affair requires the same kind of openness and self-revelation that a good marriage requires, though of course to a lesser degree. I believe that the teacher who is “with it” in the seventies will admit human frailty to his intensely personalistic students. I don’t mean that he will turn his classroom into a confessional, of course; but he will admit his errors and weaknesses wherever they impinge upon the classroom. Certainly he will correct any informational errors or personal misjudgments that he discovers after making them, and should in most cases apologize publicly for them. Nothing elicits the renewing power to apologize and repent like apology and repentence; and I believe that in the seventies young people will expect ever-increasing candidness about our common humanity.
Furthermore, I hope that the seventies will see the demise of the myth of objectivity so popular in secular classrooms, and in some Christian schools as well—the cult of presenting all ideas in a non-committal fashion with the advice that the student should then take his choice. Students are sick of uninvolved adults, and I believe they will turn off teachers who seem too lazy to choose among variant points of view. It is honest for me to identify precisely what my viewpoint is, with the important understanding that there is certainly no penalty for disagreement. It is not honest for me to pretend academic objectivity while I am subtly slanting the material in favor of the Christian world view or conservative politics or whatever. (Whether I am slanting the material consciously or unconsciously really isn’t the point.) The fact is that no one except a zombie ...1
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