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  •  I will be there. (2+ / 0-)
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    teacherken, Lujane

    For my own students and my grand daughter.  I would like to share a quote from my mentor and former professor, the educational philosopher Maxine Greene:

    Paying heed to the repetitive drumbeat of current concerns--for professionaldevelopment, standard-setting, authentic assessment, an enriched knowledge base, technological expertise, teachers cannot but occasionally ask themselves "to what end?". There are, of course, the official announcements and prescriptions. There are presumably obvious "goods" linked to each statement of an educational goal. Most often, we realize, the benefits of reform are linked to the nation's welfare, or to market expansion, or to technological dominance in a competitive world. Suppose, however, we were to summon up an articulation of purpose suggested by Rich's "possible happiness, collectivity, community, a loss of isolation." The words imply a reaching out for individual fulfillment among others, in (perhaps) the kind of community in the making John Dewey called democracy.

    This is from: Teaching as Possibility: A Light in Dark Times

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