Todd and I argued a lot around the core concepts of this chapter. Thats okay because we know how to argue and break through to some good insights. One of the insights from this argument is how this entire process is a search for essence about our own practice. Sarah Willner our friend and co- teacher, in an email this morning, called this process that we are engaging with a manifesto, which is a little scary.
I embrace my influences and the changes it makes to my practice, but I also worry about the liberal rhetoric I might perpetuate as a teacher and teacher educator with my ideas and actions. This led to a long discussion yesterday about the classroom as a space for discourse and a space for everyone to find their own “essence” or “enduring ideas”.
Todd seems to worry less about this and I was wondering if this is a factor of me moving away from the Bay Area and having a different perspective of how these ideas create influences, memes and movements around the world. Something to think about.