chapter  5
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The Prophetic Work of the Teacher

WithJeffery W. Dunn

This chapter develops the basis for Dewey’s prophetic teacher and a framework for practice that includes an Emerging Criteria for Democratic Prophetic Discernment and Dispositions of the Prophetic Teacher. In addition to the degradation and deskilling of teachers as professionals, neoliberalism ignores the role of teacher as moral agent and shapes teachers as managers, trainers, and technicians of curriculum. The traditional role of the prophet functions within a context of injustice to unveil the inhumane practices of hegemonic power on one hand and offer imaginative hope for the future on the other. The undemocratic and unjust practices of neoliberal schooling are in stark contrast to Dewey’s educational vision—a vision that calls for the rise of the prophet teacher.