3 Responses to “commitment vs. being committed”

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“I’ve spent 45 years trying, unsuccessfully, to shift the discussion to schools as sites for learning. Such a “conversation” might not produce economic miracles, but it would over time connect schooling to the kind of learning that can protect both democracy and our economy. Because that’s where schools are (or are not) powerful.”

That to me is commitment, spending 45 years to accomplish something of value to you that you believe in; in this case making schools sites of learning, and trying to build a “conversation” with a larger community, even if in the end you’re “unsuccessful”

The old “Knowledge is Power” saying had it only half right. You can be chock full of knowledge and be powerless, or you can even be ignorantly and destructively powerful. It’s not the knowledge so much that’s important, it’s knowing how to use that knowledge, grow in that knowledge, play with that knowledge, and share that knowledge that makes it truly valuable.

I think if you leave school with the mindset that you’re learning is not over, that you control that learning, and that others around you are on that same journey, you are in a sense powerful.

b.e. said in May 1st, 2009 at 8:21

I have a question: And maybe I should have asked this a long while ago, but why don’t any students actually comment on this blog, so they consider it off limits?

b.e. said in May 7th, 2009 at 7:28

On your first comment, b.e., the more i do this the more i think it is not about knowledge, rather it is about relationships. Knowledge, outside of relationship, is sterile and as a result, often dangerous to life.

To your second comment, i just posted a response.

As always, thank you for your comments.

radicalteacher said in May 7th, 2009 at 9:50

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