What this means

October 16, 2008 § Leave a comment

is that we can start to answer the questions that come up in every discussion about hegemony, power, control, authority, legitimation, and influence. There are things we can do, and they begin with our own ability to change our own minds. Try it. It is blessedly difficult to change your own mind. With that understood, it becomes much easier to understand how difficult it is to change anyone elses’ mind. Which is what we are doing in education. That is what education is meant to do. It is meant to change people’s minds. Education is attempting to change people’s minds about homophobia, sexism, racism, morality, ethics, intellectual development, emotional development, creativity, self expression, … the list goes on. So who are we to attempt to change each other’s minds? Who says who has the right mindset to be taught? What is the mindset of the academy? Is that a mindset that is really for the good of all concerned?

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