Deference is not a gift
I've worked with aplenty of students across debating and public speaking – but also for interview practice and higher education preparation. With Oxbridge interviews season coming up, I thought it would be appropriate to share some of my personal reflections on the way education systems, specifically ones comprising rigid hierarchies rooted in rote learning and deferential subordination, (mis)guide our students down a dangerous path of no return. The underlying thrust of my argument is simple: deference is not a gift – it is a sin.
Deference is everywhere, especially in what I term hierarchal education systems – systems with clearly delineated and identified "leaders", with endowed and trusted "teachers", and students with the designated role of listening to and respecting their elders. ...