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You will prepare and submit a term paper on Empowerment versus Enabling in Academia. Your paper should be a minimum of 1250 words in length. Today, the main goal of every instructor is to help students learn to think “independently”, to have their own point of view, to make decisions and held responsible for them. Notwithstanding that every teacher understands this, he or she frequently oversteps the borders and starts enabling students instead of empowering them. As a result, students are deprived of the possibility to be responsible for their decisions, to make their own conclusions about their goals in education and the consequences of their mistakes. They can’t imagine their knowledge applied in real life. If the accountability is taken away, a student can’t realize the mission he gets choosing this or that profession. He can’t understand that one day he will have to make decisions himself and the teacher will not be there to help. The issue is worth-discussing, therefore the given paper will discuss the empowering versus enabling in education. The work will prove that empowering really has many advantages over enabling and it is this approach that is the most applicable in the modern world. The traditional approach to education applies old techniques, which are founded on the statement that there is a certain piece of knowledge that must be transferred to learners during a certain period of time. The material is presented in an established sequence without any changes (Short, 1994). The main goal of the teacher is to present all the material on time without delays. If this purpose is reached a teacher can be sure that he implemented his main task. The students usually represent passive receivers of the material. A teacher usually simply does not have time to give them an opportunity to express their own ideas about the material they learn. The main goal is to make students successfully repeat the sentences they read in their textbooks (Short, 1993). In contrast to the traditional approach to education, the contemporary approach implies empowering, classroom participation, and application of new technology. In our modern world, students must learn to communicate (Mettetal, Gwynn, and Dé Bryant, 1996). The main task of the teacher is not to just give some material to students, but to create a professional identity.