Introduction by T Newfields
This collection of poetry, art, dialogs, raves, and commentaries highlights some classroom experiences and my feelings about education. Each piece is a different vision of what can happen in the name of education. Many of these works are concerned with foreign language instruction, but more than a few with education in general. Since half of my life has been teaching English in Asia, I've been especially been interested things that happen inside language classrooms under the name of "education". The complex power relations between teachers, students, administrators, and textbook publishers are underscored in many of these works.
Ver. 6.1 * 11 Sep. 2016 * New Taipei, Taiwan
Authoritarian teachers, Class dynamics, Classical education, Classroom metaphors, Classroom results, Cognoscenti, Commencement ceremonies, Compu-teaching, Crass pedagogy, Degree mills, De-programming, Edu-marketing, Education & conformity, Education & politics, Educational control, Educational jargon, Educational measurement, Educational quality, Fossilized conversations, Futile protests, Gender stereotypes, Global issues, Grade inflation, Grading criteria, Language policies, Language politics, Lecture-mode teaching, Linguistic identity, Linguistic imperalism, McDonalized education, Mediocracy, Mind-numbing instruction, Monologs vs. multilogs, Neural implants, Pedagogy, Prayer in class, Problem students, Prophecy, Pseudo-research, Psycho-rhetorics, Rant vs. reflection, Reading, Report cards, Sanitized texts, School slander, Student inquiries, Student/teacher communication gaps, Teacher burnout, Teacher butchery, Teacher incompetence, Teacher politics, Teacher priorities, Teacher roles, Teacher/Student relations, Teacher talk, Teacher training scams, Teaching, Television, Text/image alchemy, Textual genesis, Textual seduction, Thanatology, The sociology of schooling, Time management, Unethical research