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ERIC Number: EJ819916
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1547-688X
Teaching in a Moment of Crisis: The Spaces of Imagination
Greene, Maxine
New Educator, v1 n2 p77-80 Apr 2005
On one side, pure horror at catastrophe, the work of human beings or nature alone; on the other side, speechlessness, an apathy of powerlessness. Lured by the media, educators become spectators of multiple tragedies, distanced, unable to grasp others' pain. How do they deal with the crumbling of the taken-for-granted, of the reliable and predictable? How do they justify their own privilege, the privilege of being spared? How do they find or create meaning in the midst of life today? And how, perhaps most fundamentally of all, do they move the young to reach beyond themselves for the sake of their future and the community-in-the-making they call democracy? To imagine the new educator in dark times is to imagine someone who is existentially present and engaged with what is happening, open to the phenomenal world. In this article, the author contends that the new educator must be awake, critical, open to the world. It is an honor and a responsibility to be a teacher in dark times--and to imagine, and to act on what they imagine, what they believe ought at last to be. The new educator can be an initiator of new beginnings; and to act at a beginning is to move towards possibilities, to live and teach in a world of incompleteness, of what they all are but are not yet.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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