Professor Norman Cornett: 'Since when do we divorce the right answer from an honest answer?'

This feature documentary by Alanis Obomsawin is a thoughtful tribute to Norman Cornett, a McGill University professor celebrated by scores of students appreciative of his unconventional yet powerful teaching methods who was controversially dismissed from his teaching duties in 2007.

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  • Dianna

    “After viewing the film, I was shocked but not surprised...such is the life of a sessional/contract post secondary worker. Dr Cornett's situation reminds me of the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire who was considered such a threat to the old order that he was jailed in Brazil in 1964 and later exiled for six years. Education is not neutral but political and should lead to the process of "consientizacao" "to learn to see social,political and economic contradictions and take action against the oppressive elements of reality."(Freire,1994) I can see from the film that Dr. Cornett through his reflections was practicing this pedagogy,a dialogical and problem-posing education. When i completed my M. Ed. at OISE/U of Toronto, this was exactly how our professor taught the class so the loss is really to the future students of McGill. This is a true gift to have been taught by Dr. Cornett. Maybe Dr. Cornett could discuss his philosophy of education on the T.E.D lecture series. In the words of Freire," True generosity lies in striving so that these hands need be extended less and less in supplication, so that more and more they become human hands which work and working transform the world."( Pedagogy of the Oppressed,1994)” — Dianna, 12 Dec 2012

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Film Credits

director
Alanis Obomsawin
writer
Alanis Obomsawin
editor
Alison Burns
camera
Martin Duckworth
sound
Glenn Hodgins
research
Kirwan Cox
producer
Adam Symansky
Robert Verrall
narrator
Alanis Obomsawin
recording
Geoffrey Mitchell
drawings
Robert Verrall
sound editor
Don Ayer
mixer
Shelley Craig

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