For my article I have chosen one that looks at the authority and power of a teacher in the classroom. It talks about how important it is for the teacher to initially establish a sense of authority at the beginning of the course; so the students know who is in charge and know better than to challenge the teachers authority. It challenges you to think if it is best for the teacher to have all the authority in the class, or if it could be beneficial for students to hold some of the power. It is all about finding a happy medium between to much authority and to little. Where does one simply draw the line?
I personally think that a teacher shouldn’t feel threatened to make it known that he/she holds all the authority in the class on the first day of the course. I think if a teacher has this attitude he/she simply doesn’t have the faith and trust in her students and with children being great judges of emotion they will since that you have a fear of being overruled and take advantage of that. All the teacher needs is confidence and pride and students will read that and not gain the sense that they could overrule the teacher. Students do not necessarily need rules to follow but someone who is confident in what they are teaching and someone who holds the reins of the class with confidence and leadership.
I think the best way to understand power and authority is to understand that you may have the power to drive a car but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have the authority to do so.