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Remember the days of longing for the hands on the classroom clock to move faster? Most of us would say we love to learn, but we hated school. Why is that? What happens to the creativity and uniqueness of each child as they pass through our schools?
Derrick Jensen contends that the culture we live in is based on one great illusion in which schools are central to the creation and perpetuation: happiness lies outside of ourselves. By learning to submit to and please those in power we freely give our lives to a system where we will always watch the clocks and calendars.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.76" Width: 5.75" Height: 0.83" Weight: 0.87 lbs.
Publisher Chelsea Green Publishing Company
ISBN 1931498482 ISBN13 9781931498487
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More About Derrick Jensen
Derrick Jensen is the prize-winning author of A Language Older than Words, The Culture of Make Believe, Listening to the Land, Strangely Like War, Welcome to the Machine, and Walking on Water. He was one of two finalists for the 2003 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, which cited The Culture of Make Believe as "a passionate and provocative meditation on the nexus of racism, genocide, environmental destruction and corporate malfeasance, where civilization meets its discontents." He writes for The New York Times Magazine, Audubon, and The Sun Magazine among many others. He is an environmental activist and lives on the coast of northern California.
Derrick Jensen currently resides in Crescent City, in the state of California. Derrick Jensen was born in 1960.
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Walking on Water Jun 12, 2008
Jensen's "W.O.W" is part memoir, part polemic on America's industrialized system of education which he has been a part of as a writing teacher in higher ed and the prison system. His arguments for the power of writing as a humanizing force are compelling and inspiring for teachers of writing at any level, and his anecdotes describing his unconventional approach to classroom teaching are thought-provoking for any teacher looking for a fresh perspective on reaching students. And it's a quick and entertaining read!
forward ever forward Jul 14, 2007
While evangelicals/creationists strive to retard education Derrick Jensen encourages us to inspire and challenge students. Instill passion and imagination and refute mind-numbing dogma.
A Wonderful Read Jul 10, 2007
This is one of the most moving books I've read in several years. If you are a teacher this book will lead you to re-evaluate and think about what you are doing and how you treat your students. This was the first book that I've read by Derrick Jensen and I look forward to reading the rest of his books in the near future.
I had to put the book down to say "wow" at least every other page Apr 3, 2007
No seriously, this book is phenomenally self-aware, and self-critical, while also making a strong case for totally dismantling institutionalized education. But Jensen doesn't simply condemn a system built to squash the human spirit, he goes far, far beyond that. For every page explaining the horrors of the traditional educational model and his problems working within it, he provides ten pages of real life examples of how he answered the toughest question of all, "what would you do instead?" The fact that he gives us a peek into his fantastic classes is tempered by his constant reminders that there is no one answer. Instead, we all must constantly probe our innermost depths to find our own answers. How will we confront systems of conformity and discover how to be ourselves?
Do you teach? Jan 13, 2007
A must have for anyone who works with education...It gives you a fresh outlook on teaching & and that there is a refreshing way to teach various subjects...