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Who To Take?

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California State University, Dominguez Hills
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Created: August 1, 2001
Latest update: August 14, 2001

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Transforming Campus Discourse

Transforming Campus Discourse
Am I Responsible for What Others Need to Know? YES!

Entry by jeanne

Copyright: Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata and James at Fullerton campus: July 2001. "Fair Use" encouraged.

I hope we'll all take advantage of James' creative site: Who To Take for classes. Although we could warn people who not to take, and that could be helpful, recall that the teacher and the student are interdependent in the social construction of their relationship. What one student experiences is not what others will experience.

This is how we transform discourse, by turning discourse to a sharing of the good things. There may be more than we think.

On Monday, July 30, 2001, James wrote:

Wow, I think this is the first time that an instructor has requested that their school be added to the list! I added the school to the list of schools on the form that students use to post their opinions. Now, the school will not actually make it into the forum area unless students start posting to it. But it is ready for your students. Thanks for the kind words and taking the time out to make the request. I hope that it will benefit the students at your school. By the way, how did you hear about my site? Just wondering. Thanks again.

James

On Wednesday, August 1, 2001, jeanne responded:

Hi, James. I'm sorry that I don't remember exactly how I got to your site. But I suspect it came up on a Yahoo search while I was chasing down some tidbit on art, peace, and justice. Serendipity rules!

I'm glad to be the first at something. And I would very much like to see your project succeed. If students would take the time to tell each other about their good academic experiences, then perhaps we could all learn to have more fun at learning. With your kind permission, I'll put this dialog up on the site, to encourage my students to begin to share.

If each of us would use your site to share the good and exciting things that DO happen, even inadvertently, in class, then teachers like me would check the site regularly to get good ideas. Maybe some teachers would even contribute some of their good ideas.

By the way, the technical term for all this in the study of peace and justice is transforming the discourse of structurally violent systems. Wouldn't want you to think we're not academically rigorous at CSUDH.

love and peace, jeanne

On August 1, 2001, james answered:

You definitely have my permission to put it up. I've heard from a few instructors about my site. More good than bad, but e-mails from instructors are definitely the minority. I'm always glad to hear about instructors out there going out of their way to inform their students beyond what's required in the classroom. There has also only been one instructor that will freely mention my site and encourage her students to participate on it in her class lectures. She teaches political science at Cal State Fullerton and uses my site as an example of the first amendment, kind of nice to know. I'm always appreciative of the e-mails I get, well the vast majority anyway, so thanks again for taking the time out to e-mail me and make the request. I'm sure all of your students will really appreciate it. James

On Wednesday, August 1, 2001, jeanne responded:

I like your Political Science teacher, who sees the connection to the First Amendment. She's right, you know. The right to speak freely is essential to public discourse. And offering a forum, as you do on your site, encourages people to exercise their rights. I hope my students will participate, and encourage their friends to so. It's good practice for public discourse and a responsible citizenry. love and peace, jeanne