Quand je reviendrai

When I return from Peru I will set up course books on the web for spring, contact the high schools, and start building my course websites. I will call the handyman.

I will be in a position to write every day, and do things like yoga.

On authority and authoritarianism

My colleagues refuse to compromise with each other at all over methods for the multi-section courses.

Yet when I said one of my sections was so woefully unprepared that I was going to reteach material from earlier semesters while allowing students who are doing well to form a group and work ahead, and also offering them the opportunity to attend my other section which was doing better, they said: are you allowed to do that?

But why would I not allow myself to do that, if they all allow themselves to do whatever they want including not require students to  form sentences? I do not understand the rigidity, and I am from California, and from the olden days.





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10 responses to “Quand je reviendrai

  1. Z

    I will use El recado in the introduction to literature.

  2. That’s why I don’t share my plans with colleagues. I don’t want to waste energy contending with the mysterious allowing authorities in people’s heads.

    • Z

      Yes, but in my culture one does discuss what one is doing, what is working, what isn’t. I don’t like these atmospheres where one has to be secretive … so my whole complaint is about authoritarian cultures, really.

  3. Have fun in Peru!!

    • Z

      Gracias. Trying. I always go into extreme culture shock even though I am so accustomed — I think it is about crossing the equator, i.e., it is biological or geological somehow. I am also freaking out about this conference … but it is all good, in the end.

  4. Jealous. Would love to go back there.
    I must say I am incredulous that anyone would ask you whether you, as a professor, are “allowed” to do things.

    • Z

      I work for an authoritarian institution that sees us as Wal*Mart workers in a lot of ways.

      Peru, yes. Another world. Yes, I like it.

  5. Z

    OT: I want to read this book.

  6. Z

    And here is a class on race I want to peruse http://www.mixedracestudies.org/wordpress/?p=30054 … and I should go through that whole site for its Anzaldúa references.

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