By Esther Kingston-Mann
This choice of essays written by means of non-traditional school on non-traditional scholars files a fancy and hard means of pedagogical transformation.
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See Duffy, Teaching Within the Rhythms, p. xiii. 18. Quoted in Suzanne Benally, “External Assessment: The University of Massachusetts at Boston: A Public, Urban, Non-Residential Campus Responds to the Challenge of Diversity” (Report to the Ford Foundation, 11 March 1997, photocopy), p. 5. 19. Before the diversity requirement was passed, Esther Kingston-Mann reported on students who found the study of African history “not really history, but appreciation,” and asked why—if such topics were so important—they didn’t hear about them in other classes.
I forced myself to tolerate the silence for another long minute, while in my mind a thin limb creaked ominously. Finally, I retreated and moved on to a different story. Later that afternoon, a student from that class showed up at my ofﬁce to express his disappointment that I had “backed away” from the topic 20 Kathleen M. 2 I was new at the university, and coming out was not yet routine for me. ” But I went on to explain that I could not do this all on my own. If no student picks up on the topic, some students might see me as perseverating on a sexual issue that nobody else wants to talk about.
The theme of physical and sexual abuse, on the other hand, is central to the book. I would therefore lead them in examining the abuse the character Bone suffers at the hands of her stepfather, while avoiding the subtextual question that, I suspect, preoccupied many students: does she become a lesbian because a man abused her? Certainly there is a popular cultural predisposition to look for what went wrong in the psychohistories of gay and lesbian people, but students were unlikely to surface these unspoken assumptions when the classroom itself was thick with secrets.
Achieving Against the Odds. How Academics Become Teachers of Diverse Students by Esther Kingston-Mann