Question Authority: An Anecdote

By Adam J. Pearson

When I was teaching at Centennial, I once told my Grade 8 history students something that was demonstrably false. It was something they would know was false based on the reading they had done.

When no one attempted to correct me, I asked them: “does anyone have a problem with what I just said?”

One student shyly raised his hand. “Yes, but you’re the teacher…” he said.

“So what?” I replied. “Question all authority, including me. Just because someone in power says something doesn’t mean it is true. All people can be mistaken even if they try to pretend they can’t.”

The student smiled.

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