The so-called language gap
Thirty million words. That sounds precise....enormous....impressive. That is the estimate by some scholars of the difference in words heard by disadvantaged kids in comparison to kids with advantages. And if only poor kids were brought up in families like rich kids....Then poverty and inequality would vanish.
Read more about these False Premises, False Promises.
School Is War, Prison, Factory, Machine, Business, Game, Life….And Other Metaphors: recommending Permaculture
If metaphors organize our thinking and if there is no genuinely neutral way of speaking about anything, then it is worth looking into the dominant metaphors used.
School is a domain that has been referred to in ways that help and in ways that harm. I would like to propose an old-made-new-again metaphor, The Garden, that might help, but this time with a century of ecological knowledge included. I suggest education as permaculture.
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