ERIC Number: ED360407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
I Won't Learn from You! The Role of Assent in Learning. Thistle Series of Essays.
Recognizing that all learning must on some level be voluntary, the author draws on his experiences as an educator to explore not-learning as distinct from failure. The refusal to learn can be a reaction to the conditions of schooling, which many learners, particularly those from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds, find irrelevant at best or actually inimical. Not-learning can be a defense, in fact, an intelligent defense, against school systems that represent a hostile society. Not-learning and unlearning are both central techniques that support changes of consciousness and help people develop positive ways of thinking and acting in opposition to dominant forms of oppression. Not-learning can represent a healthy response to racism, sexism, and other forms of bias. For many students, the only alternative to not-learning is confronting social, sexual, and economic oppression in the schools and in society. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Failure, Coping, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Discrimination, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, High Risk Students, Learning, Low Achievement, Outcomes of Education, Racial Discrimination, Sex Discrimination, Student Motivation, Student Reaction
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs.
Authoring Institution: N/A