She says, "...A class can still be reinforcing domination, not transforming consciousness about gender, even as the 'personal' is the ongoing topic of conversation. To have a revolutionary feminist pedagogy we must first focus on the teacher-student relationship and the issue of power. How do we as feminist teachers use power in a way that is not coercive, dominating? Many women have had difficulty asserting power in the feminist classroom for fear that to do so would be to exercise domination.
"Yet we must acknowledge that our role as teacher is a position of power over others [(they worry about using the father tongue with these female students in this setting)]... One simple way to alter the way one's 'power' as teacher is experienced in the classroom is not to elect to assume the posture of all-knowing professors... we risk students leaving our classrooms and telling others that we are not prepared. It is important to make it clear to students that we are prepared and that the willingness to be open and honest about what we do not know is a gesture of respect for them."
|Gloria Watkins, or bell hooks|
What I was thinking is that bell hooks is saying in a university setting, it's difficult to throw out the idea of teaching using the "father tongue" because if they don't, people won't take the class seriously, but part of the point of their class is to throw out the notion that there is a powerful patriarchal system going on. bell hooks believes to teach effectively and find a balance between the two, one must be humble about how one teaches - prepared, but ready to learn as well. Isn't that awesome? What are your thoughts?