9781931498487

Walking on Water

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  • ISBN13:

    9781931498487

  • ISBN10:

    1931498482

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-02-01
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub Co

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

Derrick Jensen was one of two finalists for the 2003 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. He lives on the coast of northern California

Table of Contents

A Nation of Slaves 3(10)
How to Not Teach 13(12)
Don't Bore the Reader 25(16)
Who Are You? 41(14)
The Most Important Writing Exercise 55(16)
Grades 71(16)
Love 87(16)
Thought 103(10)
Choices 113(14)
Significance 127(12)
Giving up Control 139(14)
Who Are You, Again? 153(8)
Clarity 161(18)
Falling in Love 179(8)
Revolution 187(14)
Walking on Water 201(18)
Acknowledgments 219(2)
Bibliography 221

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