© Marie Marshall
sweet Attica between library stacks!
o tal vez, solamente mis botas. el resto esta demasiado lejos. i’m gonna soak my feet, in the university library bathroom of course. ahhhhhh and sigh to the authorities. sends em scratching for badges, drives em nuts.
you really think so…? just yesterday i went to the physics department of basel university and was amazed at what they were doing…
Well, it’s there to make you think. Basically it’s the converse of Kropotkin’s ‘Prisons are the universities of crime’, and I guess it functions to ask how far our institutions of learning are iron-bound by our culture(s).
I believe we control our own minds. Universities are pathways for us to learn the truth. I may read a book and get a different opinion than you. Neither is wrong. Education is just a way for us to find what we need and what we desire to believe. There are bad teachers. Teachers support to expand and multiply the mind of the students. Not lock them end with their ideas only. A amazing quote. Open the door to a long conversation.
“I believe we control our own minds” – Yes, up to a point, but any decent semiologist will sound a warning: so much of what we think we think, we think with a pre-existing ‘reference code’, pre-existing cultural biases, expressed in the language we learn. As human beings we see and undersand things not necessarily because that’s how they are, but because this is who WE are. Nothing communicated to us is free of imposed ideology, and nothing we communicate is free of imposed ideology; even the way we express ourselves in trying to free ourselves can’t avoid being loaded. To me – someone who plays fast-and-loose with language and ideas – this is a very sobering notion.
I raised four kids and I have three grand-kids. They are like me. I learn what I want to grasp. As long as books and words are free. Kids will decide. A good teacher can give direction. The mind can’t be imprisoned unless it wants to be.
I hear you, John.
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