Academic journal article Taboo

Editor's Introduction

Academic journal article Taboo

Editor's Introduction

Article excerpt

We close another year and many of us are in awe that we did, indeed, make it through. Some, very obviously, better than others. Playing vignettes of media within our memories, we can recall the images of fear in those that were imprisoned in New Orleans for days, moronic smirks of the presidential administration, and the continued repression of news and events from the Middle East. We can replay our own personal scenes of continued harassment from administrations obsessed with NCATE certification, academic "freedom" mongers attacking innocent and devoted professors, and the knowledge that unless things change radically, we will be facing a new Higher Education Act in the coming months.

When we began Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education, we believed that we were a part of a group of writers and teachers who would contribute our work to a receptive audience. That group and audience is getting smaller and smaller. Innovative scholarship is being censored, progressive teachers and professors are being targeted, and students are fearful about adhering to what is safe or following what is believed to be appropriate. We will continue with our journal, hoping that we are just walking though a phase that will end quickly. Many of us are making alternative plans, changing jobs, retiring early, even moving abroad. I guess one must make a choice as to what to do, and what is best. Do you stay and fight? Do you move and fight from the outside? Do you write and teach without indoctrination, but with conviction, hoping that students will be empowered? …

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