Power

Power, by whatever name, is one of the most problematic of all behavioral interactions. We often euphemize power as we talk about responsibility, duty, or rights, or we just pretend that power does not actually exist. We will even ‘manipulate’ students into doing something that they do not think about: “Would you like to put your materials away before lunch?” It would appear that most of what we just assume to be the correct thing to do represents the imposition of our own values on the student (Madsen & Madsen, 1998, p. 26).

Madsen, C. K. & Madsen, C. H. (1998). Teaching/Discipline: A Positive Approach For Educational Development. (4th ed.) Raleigh, NC: Contemporary Publishing Company of Raleigh, Inc.

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