Wednesday, September 14, 2011
"Providing students with the chance to play a transformative role in their own classrooms may, in turn, give them valuable practice in transforming the larger communities and societies they inhabit." - David Nurenberg in "What does Injustice Have to Do with Me? A Pedagogy of the Privileged" form Harvard Educational Review
"A class where, for example, various small groups of students each read different texts, focusing on the experiences of Americans from different cultural and racial backgrounds (and here the teacher has a vital role in helping students locate such texts), could help students understand the interlocking patterns of privilege and power from multiple sides as everyone comes together and shares..." - David Nurenberg in "What does Injustice Have to Do with Me? A Pedagogy of the Privileged" form Harvard Educational Review
"Suddenly, the cause of racial or social justice is not just something espoused by people of color (and Abraham Lincoln), and the role in the story for people who look like my students is not just that of the oppressor; it is both covictim and coagent of change." - David Nurenberg in "What does Injustice Have to Do with Me? A Pedagogy of the Privileged" form Harvard Educational Review
"We who are well off should be willing to share more of what we have with poor people not for the poor people's sake but for our own; i.e., we should share what we have in order to become less narrow and frightened and lonely and self-centered people. No one ever seems willing to acknowledge aloud the thorough-going self-interest that underlies all impulses toward economic equality." - David Foster Wallace in "Authority and American usage" from Consider the lobster and other essays
"To teach is not to transfer the comprehension of the object to a student but to instigate the student, who is a knowing subject, to become capable of comprehending and of communicating what has been comprehended." - P. Freire in Pedagogy of Freedom
Sunday, September 04, 2011
An old Cherokee told his grandson, "My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, & ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, & truth." The boy thought about it, and asked, "Grandfather, which wolf wins?" The old man quietly replied, "The one you feed."