The issue of teacher/student balance of power has been raised in a couple threads. Might be nice to discuss it at slightly greater length. Here's a story. Disclaimer: This story is about a former teacher of mine -- the worst teacher I ever had. The verbally abusive guy. Remember him? Okay. So bad teacher X was assigned a new student. The student had no previous ballroom dance experience, and wanted to get ready for a special event at work. So she asked bad teacher X to teach her some steps. LOTS of steps. She didn't want to work on even the most basic technique. Bad teacher X had been trained to give some technique along with steps. Plus, he used the motivation of learning new steps as an incentive to get people to buy lessons. What happened? Classic power struggle. First, he refused to teach the steps. Took his time, doing the basics. But when she repeatedly complained, he took the opposite approach. He taught her so many steps that she couldn't possibly keep up. It was awful and embarrassing to watch (but I did! :evil: :lol: ) He later told me that he didn't like students telling him how to do his job, and that she deserved what she got. (BAD teacher! :twisted: )Power struggle, big time. He thought he should have the power. She thought she should have it. What do you think? Have you ever witnessed a teacher/student power struggle? Who wins? Who loses? Or who concedes?