Walking on Water: Reading, Writing and Revolution
Remember the days of longing for the hands on the classroom clock to move faster? Most of us would say we love to learn, but we hated school. Why is that? What happens to creativity and individuality as we pass through the educational system?
Walking on Water is a startling and provocative look at teaching, writing, creativity, and life by a writer increasingly recognized for his passionate and articulate critique of modern civilization. This time Derrick Jensen brings us into his classroom--whether college or maximum security prison--where he teaches writing. He reveals how schools perpetuate the great illusion that happiness lies outside of ourselves and that learning to please and submit to those in power makes us into lifelong clock-watchers. As a writing teacher Jensen guides his students out of the confines of traditional education to find their own voices, freedom, and creativity.
Jensen's great gift as a teacher and writer is to bring us fully alive at the same moment he is making us confront our losses and count our defeats. It is at the center of Walking on Water, a book that is not only a hard-hitting and sometimes scathing critique of our current educational system and not only a hands-on method for learning how to write, but, like Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way, a lesson on how to connect to the core of our creative selves, to the miracle of waking up and arriving breathless (but with dry feet) on the far shore.
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Jensen (Culture of Make Believe; Strangely Like War) has written a meditation on education using his experiences teaching writing to college students and prisoners as a vehicle to illustrate the well ... Read full review
This book was an eye opener for me. It made me look back at all my years of being in school and realize how my individuality was stifled all along the way. I could relate to his feelings towards school in the beginning of his book: watching the clock, squirming around in my seat, daydreaming and not fully paying attention to the lessons at hand. This is a huge problem. Not only do I think most teachers are not even interested in the material they are teaching but I also feel like they need to instead of telling us what we "should" believe, let us explore all the other options and establish these opinions for ourselves. Critical thinking should be taught in schools. Asking questions. Disagreements and debates. These are all helpful tools to help us grow as unique individuals of society with our own ways of thinking (not ones force fed to us from early ages).