Academic journal article Taboo

Editor's Introduction

Academic journal article Taboo

Editor's Introduction

Article excerpt

Another year, more words. I was hoping to write this short introduction in another character ... that of one who speaks of victories. But, alas, four more years of dangerous, albeit, moronic control of the United States. Unfortunately, it looks like other countries may follow along in this recovery of conservative values. Using Aaron Gresson's notion of recovery, I remind myself that, indeed, we were always a conservative country, and that the liberal squirts on the canvas were just that ... small marks made that cluttered the landscape, but were easily smeared into the correct terrain. The white, male, and protestant ilk and their allies have returned with a vengeance. Adopting personas as the wounded protectors of all that is good and correct, the fundamentalist right has captured the flag.

What went wrong? Who knows? Were we just not there? Where? We tried to be visible. Most of us contributed time, money, and lots of words, trying to make a difference. Was it John Kerry? Could anyone else have won? Can anyone win against organized lies, hatred, pseudo-values, erased ethics, and god? I think we lost before we began.

So, where do we go from here? We whine, cry, and begin again. And we make a difference. Perhaps this time it will take more than a generation to get us together. As teachers of teachers we reach millions every day. Not for indoctrination, but for reformation. How can we construct a pedagogy that informs and facilitates empowerment? How can we assist our students and their students in learning to think? We assumed that The Enlightenment ushered in men who created a space for science and rationality to trump god. …

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