Corla Hawkins and Mike Rose's Democratic Classroom

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Education is the most important thing to all students. But to help them make the best out of it, every classroom has to provide good expectations and authority. While Rose discusses his theory of the consideration of authority in “Possible Lives”, Corla Hawkins builds a strong relationship with her students and gives them a healthy environment around the classroom. They’re both successful in their own ways. Mike Rose, an American professor, was doing research in many classrooms around the country. He had visited good and bad classrooms until he was impressed with these rooms which he called the democratic classrooms because they presented “the embodiments of democratic ideal” (45). He concluded his theory that the authority had to come from both students and teachers, which made the democratic classroom successful. First, Mike Rose described the good authority of safety and a respectful space. The teacher provided physical and mental safety from insult and diminishment. Mike Rose emphasized that a good environment actually would help students do better, “And there was safety to take risks, to push beyond what you can comfortably do at the present, ‘coaxing out thinking along,’ as one of Steve Gilbert’s student put it, bringing out our best interpretive abilities” (46). These democratic classrooms also showed the amazing respect of people toward another, especially toward students of different ethnicities. They respected each other’s background, their languages, and history. They helped one another study and made them feel comfortable. Mike Rose did a survey of these students and they said, “This room is something positive” (46). All along, the authority of safety and respect created a healthy environment that helped students feel secure and comfortable to study. Second, democratic classrooms contributed an authority of expectation and responsibility. Teachers

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