ERIC Number: ED495029
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Resistance, Reinhabitation, and Regime Change. Working Paper No. 30
Appalachian Collaborative Center for Learning, Assessment, and Instruction in Mathematics (ACCLAIM)
In quoting Ivan Illich's observation that "people who have been schooled down to size let unmeasured experience slip out of their hands," the author of this article contends that this is what is happening in education --- that we are being assimilated and schooled "down to size." Unmeasured experience, he says, is slipping out of our hands as a result, and this slippage is what needs to be resisted. Education should never be thought of as an "intervention," though resistance to it must be. To resist, the author maintains, is to intervene. The author writes that to be critical means to develop a deep cultural analysis that might provide the foundation for meaningful action in the work of education. Accomplishing this means to resist current trends toward further professionalization and specialization in the field. Intellectual work is an act of creative resistance to the pressures of specialization that are endemic to school and university work. When we can resist what works long enough to reflect on what matters, we will experience a regime change. (Contains 1 footnote.)
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Educational Research, Mathematics Teachers, Instructional Effectiveness, Specialists, Research Methodology, Clearinghouses, Mathematics Curriculum, Censorship, Politics of Education, Measurement Objectives, Resistance (Psychology), World Problems, Educational Change, Social Change
Appalachian Collaborative Center for Learning, Assessment, and Instruction in Mathematics (ACCLAIM). Research Initiative, McCracken Hall, College of Education, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45710. Tel: 740-593-9869; Web site: http://www.acclaim-math.org/clearinghouse.aspx
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Ohio Univ., Athens. Appalachian Collaborative Center for Learning, Assessment, and Instruction in Mathematics.