When we read, the Learning
curve is really Important; after all,
Access works both ways, the text as
We touch and manipulate, we
Turn a page of the
Stars of a constellation.
To be of use, here, we are
Learning. Leaning on
Generational differences, our own Urban dictionaries.
endless opportunities, but
the supplies are not
endless. Access to resources,
Different resources for different tasks,
Cultural capital, these
are the problems we face.
It’s the Danger of a single story:
reading and co-creating and becoming
By Emily, Julia, Manya, and Allison
To me, Alexandra Teague's "Adjectives of Order" (below) speaks powerfully to the problem with formal education when forms are fundamentally unresponsive to human experiences, especially those we undergo rather than originate. The poem shows a "student's" schooling in English as an education in the ruthless impersonality of the way grammar is conceived. It also shows how the situation of formal education erects bizarre barriers between "student" and "teacher" -- in quotes because the student is, among other things, also a veteran and former prisoner of war, a speaker of a language or languages other than English, and a person working to make sense of his experience through language; the teacher we don't learn much about, but she is clearly also a learner in this case.