Below the Line: ‘The appeal of torture: what I learned from teaching a class on terrorism’ | US news | The Guardian

This article demonstrates exactly why he should be teaching and why he is a good teacher. This is a thoughtful open minded examination of not only his own teaching practice but of difficult subject matter itself. Because the ethical question embedded in his rethinking of what he could have said to students –to get Them thinking — is ‘what if you are wrong’? If ‘justified’ torture presupposes that this individual IS a terrorist and KNOWS information and that torture WILL produce the needed information, then ‘what if you’re wrong’? challenges the very foundation of such justifications. It is absolutely good teaching to raise difficult questions, to ask oneself as teacher and to ask ones students to enter into territory that refuses unexamined assumptions or unintended complacency

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