ERIC Number: EJ911453
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Held Hostage by Our Students, as Told by One of the Hostages: In Memory of Mr. Jack Ellison
Cottle, Thomas J.
Schools: Studies in Education, v7 n2 p170-183 Fall 2010
The philosopher Emmanuel Levinas suggested that the most ethical act possible is the discovery that one has assumed responsibility for the other. In fact it is the other that makes possible the genuine exploration of the self, an act dominating the adolescent era of development. Although rarely appearing in educational literature, Levinas has created an intriguing foundation for examining the role of the great teacher in terms of the life-long influence he or she may have on a student. In this essay, the author explores the work of Levinas and in the process recalls the powerful effect that great teacher has had on him. In retrospect, it is evident that the manner in which this teacher assumed responsibility for his young student reveals the Levinas theory to hold powerful and enduring intellectual as well emotional weight.
Descriptors: Teacher Influence, Teacher Responsibility, Student Development, Teaching (Occupation), Educational Philosophy, Teacher Role
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