Re: Turning Green
- Subject: Re: Turning Green
- From: Margaret Davis <margd@FLASH.NET>
- Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002 11:54:54 -0600
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Rick... i'm a pacifist and you're not speaking over my head.
If this man is insulted by my language then he's really been out of touch
for a while now. I do apologize for calling him a moron...but i stand by
I"m very sorry he's old. and i don't want him to feel unwelcome. but i
don't like to see parents blamed for a very complicated situation. nor
teachers.... nor students. so if others would quite placing BLAME and work
together to find solutions we'll get around the name calling.
You're very interesting and would write great books that no one would
actually know the meaning of without you to decode it...but then again it
appears that you may not know yourself.
Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be
called and whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the
injunctions of men. John Stuart Mill........"On Liberty", 1859
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rick Parkany" <rparkany@BORG.COM>
Sent: Sunday, January 27, 2002 11:26 AM
Subject: Re: Turning Green
> Hang in there Joe! I have been reexamining the works of Jose
> Freire and the critical theorists with new insights into their
> relevancy for *post-industrialized* nations. There is a certain
> economics in hurt and anger--you can see it in the tenor of too
> much of our to & fro--retribution and blind wrath are part of
> this economy--we see it at every scale in our culture--*I was
> hurt, my children were hurt, my people are hurt: so will you,
> therefore, and I will exact my toll accordingly* are the themes
> of this economy.
> I mean to say that we need more eco-logic and less eco-nomic
> activity among us--heal the pain, don't spread it!
> I am quite convinced that Violence (the abject lack of Care) is a
> common denominator in Oppression. You have been subjected to
> quite a bit of violence this thread, Joe, and from the usual
> quarters (sans testosterone, I might add...)--and all violence is
> anathema to what we stand for if we care about the mission of
> public education. Anything that violates the fundamental
> integrity of the individual is what I mean when I stand up for
> *educational reform*--that's how big my umbrella is, that's how
> wide a tent I stake.
> All we stakeholders under this tent need to see the commonality
> in us of abhorrence to and struggling against violence,
> personalities, aside. The fact that several this list are proud
> of, yea, promulgate, violence is very problematic for me and
> makes me physically sick--nauseated in the face of anxiety that
> so many can't see this, can't even begin to...
> I have met you and found you to be a most gentle and warm
> individual--we had a quite fine day traveling together this past
> Fall to Saratoga. You were the first to see how radically we
> differ politically, how contradictory even some of our motives
> for engaging this struggle are; but I sense that you and I
> immediately both understood about each other what I shared just
> now w/the list.
> I admire your courage and even temperedness, I wish i had more of
> it--I know the well within you from which it springs and am happy
> for it in our discourse this list.
> Thank you for carrying on--with your head lifted and back so
> straight under the load... ;-} rap.
> JP Bottini wrote:
> > Nance:A. I would have discussed content with you as well. I
> > would also invite you to come in and sit in on my classes. I
> > did it often in the past. Few took me up on it,
> > unfortunately.I enjoy an audience when I am teaching. Many of
> > my friends have sat in my classes. The Ass't. Superintendent
> > did 2 x a year and the principal or ass't. did also. the
> > department chairman sat in 1 each year. They all gave me
> > written evaluations. I have copies for anyone who is
> > interested in really knowing what I am aabout as a teacher.
> > Send me your address and I will mail copies to you with a "BIO"
> > if you like. Don't take too long or I will have to have my
> > heirs send you an obit. Just trying to lighten up my other
> > wise heavy day on the ARN.Nance, I don't know how to
> > effectively fight this high stakes testing craze sweeping the
> > country. We have all kinds of groups fighting them in NY
> > state. Scarsdale NY boycotted last year. Good question for
> > which I have little to offer in way of a good answer.Joe Bo 9I
> > use Bo (my nickname) w/Joe because there are many Joes.
> "Dein Wachstum sei feste und lache vor Lust!
> Deines Herzens Trefflichkeit
> hat dir selbst das Feld bereit',
> auf dem du bluehen musst."
> Richard A. Parkany: SUNY@Albany
> Prometheus Educational Services
> Upper Hudson & Mohawk Valleys; New York State, USA
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