The Peaceable Classroom

by Mary Rose O'reilley, Peter Elbow

Pearson Education | November 17, 1993 | Trade Paperback

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"Is it possible to teach English so that people stop killing each other?"

When a professor dropped this question into a colloquium for young college teachers in 1967, at the height of the Vietnam War, most people shuffled their feet. For Mary Rose O''Reilley it was a question that would not go away; "The Peaceable Classroom" records one attempt to answer it. Out of her own experience, primarily as a college English teacher, she writes about certain moral connections between school and the outside world, making clear that the kind of environment created in the classroom determines a whole series of choices students make in the future, especially about issues of peace and justice.

Animated throughout by the spirit of the personal essayist, "The Peaceable Classroom" first defines a pedagogy of nonviolence and then analyzes certain contemporary approaches to rhetoric and literary studies in light of nonviolent theory. The pedagogy of Ken Macrorie, Peter Elbow, and the National Writing Project is examined. The author emphasizes that many techniques taken for granted in contemporary writing pedagogy -- such as freewriting and journaling -- are not just educational fads, but rather ways of shaping a different human being. "Finding voice," then, is not only an aspect of writing process, but a spiritual event as well. To find voice, and to mediate personal voice in a community of others, is one of the central dialectics of the peaceable classroom.

The author urges teachers to foster critical encounters with the intellectual and spiritual traditions of humankind and to reclaim the revolutionary power of literature to change things.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 184 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 in

Published: November 17, 1993

Publisher: Pearson Education

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0867093285

ISBN - 13: 9780867093285

Appropriate for ages: 12 - 17

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The Peaceable Classroom

by Mary Rose O'reilley, Peter Elbow

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 184 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 in

Published: November 17, 1993

Publisher: Pearson Education

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0867093285

ISBN - 13: 9780867093285

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"Is it possible to teach English so that people stop killing each other?"

When a professor dropped this question into a colloquium for young college teachers in 1967, at the height of the Vietnam War, most people shuffled their feet. For Mary Rose O''Reilley it was a question that would not go away; "The Peaceable Classroom" records one attempt to answer it. Out of her own experience, primarily as a college English teacher, she writes about certain moral connections between school and the outside world, making clear that the kind of environment created in the classroom determines a whole series of choices students make in the future, especially about issues of peace and justice.

Animated throughout by the spirit of the personal essayist, "The Peaceable Classroom" first defines a pedagogy of nonviolence and then analyzes certain contemporary approaches to rhetoric and literary studies in light of nonviolent theory. The pedagogy of Ken Macrorie, Peter Elbow, and the National Writing Project is examined. The author emphasizes that many techniques taken for granted in contemporary writing pedagogy -- such as freewriting and journaling -- are not just educational fads, but rather ways of shaping a different human being. "Finding voice," then, is not only an aspect of writing process, but a spiritual event as well. To find voice, and to mediate personal voice in a community of others, is one of the central dialectics of the peaceable classroom.

The author urges teachers to foster critical encounters with the intellectual and spiritual traditions of humankind and to reclaim the revolutionary power of literature to change things.

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"Is it possible to teach English so that people stop killing each other?" When a professor dropped this question into a colloquium for young college teachers in 1967, at the height of the Vietnam War, most people shuffled their feet. For Mary Rose O''Reilley, it was a question that would not go away; The Peaceable Classroom records one attempt to answer it. Out of her own experience, primarily as a college English teacher, she writes about certain moral connections between school and the world outside, making clear that the kind of environment created in the classroom determines a whole series of choices students make in the future, especially about issues of peace and justice. The Peaceable Classroom first defines a pedagogy of nonviolence and then analyzes certain contemporary approaches to rhetoric and literary studies in light of nonviolent theory. The pedagogy of Ken Macrorie, Peter Elbow, and the National Writing Project are all examined in the context of nonviolent discipline. The author emphasizes that many techniques taken for granted in contemporary writing pedagogy - such as freewriting and journaling - are not just educational fads, but rather ways of shaping a different human being. "Finding voice", then, is not only an aspect of writing process, but a spiritual event as well. To find voice, and to mediate personal voice in a community of others, is one of the central dialectics of the peaceable community. The author argues that teachers must not allow themselves to be co-opted by a material culture that views education as a freeway interchange on the fast track to job success: the central task is to foster a critical encounter with the intellectual and spiritual traditionsof humankind and to reclaim the revolutionary power literature to change things. As the author writes, "If we make it impossible for students to bring to literary studies the questions that dominate their own lives, we insure that the spiritual traditions of Western humankind will not touch us. In the long run, students find it less painful to have no questions at all".

Appropriate for ages: 12 - 17

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