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Walking on Water: Reading, Writing, and Revolutionby Derrick Jensen
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Every now and then a book comes along that is revolutionary enough in its critique of the dominant culture that it manages to cross all boundaries and defy all categorization. Walking on Water: Reading, Writing, and Revolution is such a book.This time Jensen takes on our culture's model of "industrial" education and its destructive effects on students' ability to think and act autonomously and creatively. Like Ivan Illich, John Holt. and Neil Postman before him, he takes aim at an educational system that it based on power and seeks to turn students into passive acceptors of mindless, boring tasks and silent ac-quiesceors to illegitimate authority, a "nation of slaves."Derrick Jensen is also a teacher, teaching writing to students at the local state university and at a nearby maximum security prison. Walking on Water takes the reader into his classroom where he leads students beyond their own preconceived notions of learning by challenging them to find out who they are and what they want. As writing teacher, Jensen's lessons convey both the practicalities of learning how to write as well as the life lessons so necessary to finding one's creative self.
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A prolific critic of modern civilization, Jensen argues that schools are central to perpetuating the illusion that happiness lies outside ourselves. He describes how, as a teacher of writing in universities and prisons, he guides his students out of the confines of traditional education to find their own voices, freedom, and creativity. He does not provide an index.
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Jensen takes on our culture's model of "industrial" education and its destructive effects on students' ability to think and act autonomously and creatively.
A startlingly evocative examination of teaching, writing, creativity, and life
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