Ranciere The ignorant schoolmaster
in this text Jacques Ranciere recounts the story of Joseph Jacotot who is tasked with teaching a group of schoolchildren . The children cannot speak the same laungage as the tutor .Jacotot selects a text for the children to study , with the help of a translator the children become fluint in French and crucially understand the text and are able to fully grasp its meanings .
the ignorant schoolmaster illiutrates a number of key concepts
1 knowledge is inate . given the right conditions anybody has the ability to learn .
2 education systems promote elitist structures which encourage EXPLICATORS who hold the answers (power) and those who seek knowledge .(powerless) .
“the denunciation of the institution by showing it to be entirely absorbed in the reproduction of unequal social structures ”
The roll of the educator or teacher is to facilitate the individals self seeking for knowledge .Not to drip feed information but to activly encouage the development , ability and skills to aquire self knowledge .