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When Students Should Question Teacher Authority

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When Students Should Question Teacher Authority

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In my previous column I addressed what makes it difficult for students to speak up in peer groups, especially to express opinions different from those that others in the group offer. As I’ve noted before, some columns continue to follow me around, and this one has. Current thinking has me wondering about speaking up in the face of authority, whether to challenge its legitimacy or, more often, simply to question an action taken by an authority.

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