I started this blog to try to sort out my feelings about education as an Anarchist, teacher and librarian. It seemed like a good way to document my thoughts and responses to my lived experience as a public school teacher and to create a platform from which to share. As this school year gets underway and the pandemic has laid bare the social, economic and racial injustice that hinders our society’s ability to develop into the advanced, compassionate society that technology could make possible, I see more than ever that we need to being doing “Just the Opposite” of what we’ve been doing. This is true of the public schools, the police, and so many of our institutions. Now I’m doubling down on my efforts, recommitting myself, opening myself to vulnerability, laughing at it all and writing.
The point is that it is better to do something than to do nothing. Doing nothing is an early capitulation and surrender to the inevitability of death. Doing something is the defiance of death and a celebration of life. Writing is doing something, reading is doing something, all kinds of study are doing something. Theory is important but it is only half of doing something unless it is done along with practice. Doing something is the combination of theory and practice, something both Paolo Freire and Hannah Arendt called Praxis. My writing helps me solidify my ideas which I then concretize in my daily practice. It also helps me call in other folks, prompting them to act together with me as they see fit. Or not. But since I want to see a better world it only makes sense for me to do something rather than nothing.
Originally, I took on the handle anarchoeducator because I wanted to inject some Anarchist theory into education discussions. But now, with all of the hype about Anarchists, I realize that this discussion is even more important than ever. I realize that I’m also an educator who wants to teach about Anarchism. Now, anarchoeducator has a dual meaning.
The point is (there is usually more than just one point) I’ll be sending out short blasts every week this year. Tag along if you wanna.