This has been a week of stress about writing papers and shifting from a mentality of inspiration and reading to a production and assessment mentality. The Spring Semester is coming to a close but I feel like I'm only just getting started with my writing work. Something that has been foremost on my mind throughout the week, and the topic of my Philosophy final paper is the relationship between 'Communication vs. Strategic Utterance'.
This Op-Ed, which will be printed in TCPublicSpace’s April edition, started out as an assignment for my U.S. Education Policy in the Historical Context class with Ansley Erickson. However, it is less history assignment than critical book review, as it is primarily a response to Christopher Emdin’s incredible book: “For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…”. My hope is that by writing this piece a conversation might develop around the broader issues that I start to touch upon. Overall, the timing for this writing could not have been better and I must give credit to the serendipity that made the connections possible.
The first draft made no mention on my part of Freire. Then re-reading Pedagogy of the Oppressed for another class brought out that crucial argument which allowed me to side step a less clear issue that I wanted to touch on regarding the term ‘neo-indigenous’ but speaking from my White Australian perspective. That is for another article, perhaps.
This was a big week for me. Turned 34. Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 34? Turns out: Yes. Best B'day ever. Breakfast Rave with the ALC community, then ALC day with a guest, then Philosophy of Education class with J. Fantuzzo. Computer is getting less and less happy with me. Wrote the Op-Ed and saw to it that the layout got done. Busy busy busy.
It's been an intense week of reading and thinking academically. I'm in full swing, making connections between all of my studies and bringing them to bear on my reading of the Chris Emdin book #ForWhiteFolks. I met up with Christian Thompson, went to a couple of academic events at TC and NYU, read two whole books.
This week has been HUGE and not at all in the Bernie/Trump way. Just been super busy with all of my extra-curricular activities, like TCPS, Logic Meet-up, Showing people ALC, Attending at Philosophy 4 Children workshop, documenting and sharing my Anthropology class audio, next stepping with the Tenants Association for my building... trying to squeeze in all my school work still and tomorrow's Valentines day! oh no!... so let's be quick...