Dr. Wayne Journell

Teacher Education and Higher Education
School of Education
Associate Professor, 2015
Professor, 2019

The Courage of Truth
by Michel Foucault

Foucault's notion of parrhesia, which can be loosely defined as a willingness to speak truth even when it is dangerous to do so, has been influential to both my teaching and research. As a researcher who studies the way K-12 teachers approach politics and controversial issues in their classrooms, I see too many teachers refuse to speak truth to their students, which ultimately hinders the educational process. Therefore, as an educator of future social studies teachers, I encourage my preservice teachers to always teach with parrhesia in mind.

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