65 December - January 2010
1. FOLK SCHOOLS AND FOLK EDUCATION
2. MISC ANNOUNCEMENTS
3. ONLINE, DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES (see new items below)
4. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
5. LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE
6. PROVERB OF THE MONTH
7. IN MINNESOTA
1. Lifted by the Heart: Writings from Option- Journal of the Folk Education Association of America edited by Chris Spicer. Circumstantial Productions, 214 pages, 2009. To order: http://www.circumstantial.us/lifted.html
The love that an educator exercises must contain genuine respect toward others,
and a healthy humility about oneself.
Not easy to achieve.
It requires lifelong study, practice, and alertness.
It requires lifelong learning that is
lifted by the heart.
Comments by the Editor
On a recent road trip from my home in Minneapolis to Nova Scotia and down the East Coast to Atlanta I had the privilege of visits with both Chris Spicer in Northampton, Massachusetts and Kay Parke at her retirement home in Black Mountain, North Carolina. I first met them both in the 1990s when I joined them for a short stint on the Folk Education Association of America (FEAA) board. This book was in its final stages of production when I visited so I didn’t get to see it, and thus did not get to heap compliments on the two in person for a fine piece of work: Chris for the choices he made in putting the book together and Kay for leaving the legacy of her work in the journal, Option, from whose pages the book is constructed.
This book is the best introduction I know to folk school and folk education in North America – what Chris advocates calling “people’s education.” This is a tradition that has inspired many, including famously, Myles Horton, whose piece in the book describes his experiences in Denmark that preceded the founding of Highlander. The Danish Folk School is also a part of my inspiration for educational work. In the 1969-70 academic year while supervising the teaching practice of future mathematics teachers in the College of Education at the University of Minnesota I also conducted a year-long Free University class that met in my apartment. I called the class “Free Schools and Some Educational Alternatives.” The very first meeting of that class was about Danish Folk Schools. An undergraduate classmate of mine who had just returned from a folk school in Denmark was the guest speaker for the evening. It was a pleasure to find an article in this collection by her, an article describing both her experience creating a folk school here in Minneapolis in the early 1970s, and her returning to Denmark for a lifetime career in folk schools.
During the road trip mentioned above I also stopped for a short visit in Northern Maine with Alan Furth, the current FEAA board chair. The folk school and folk education tradition of the past is not the only inspiration for educational work building democracy and community. The Cobscook Community Learning Center in Lubec, Maine which he directs is an extraordinary project in the present, a living version of this tradition. Check them out at www.cclc.org.
Link to more information about the book
2. MISC ANNOUNCEMENTS
- Issue number 4 of Rhizome Freirean On line Review is available.
- Jim Crowther of the European Popular Education Network launched this Popular Education Facebook Group
- The website of the Chicago area Popular Education Alliance
- The Neoliberal University, Critical Pedagogy and Popular Education - Part 2 (podcast) In this second of two interviews Dr Joyce Canaan, a founding member of the Critical Pedagogy and Popular Education Network based at CSAP, outlines some of the political and pedagogical strategies she has developed within her work as a academic activist, the links she has developed with Venezuelan popular educators, and offers a series of suggestions as to how university academics can inculcate the principles and methods associated with critical pedagogy and popular education into their own teaching practices.
- NEW PROGRAM – Master of Arts in Community Development - International Perspectives on Participatory Development & Governance - a unique program jointly launched by the University of Victoria, Canada and Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), India; it is the first time that a program of this nature has been co-designed by a civil society organization with three decades of practical experience on participatory development and democratic governance, and a university recognized for its excellence in research, teaching and civic engagement. The program begins in May 2010. http://www.priaeducation.org or http://publicadmin.uvic.ca
- From Highlander's newsletter: Let's Build a U.S. for All of Us: No Room for Racism, www.usforallofus.org, is a national call to action and a growing network of white people taking responsibility to do our work to counter the racism we see, hear, and feel in strategies and tactics of the nation's right wing and some in the media.
- There is good information and links on the JASS newsletter from Just Associates on strengthening and sustaining women's collective organizing power http://www.justassociates.org/newsletters/jass_newsletter_0912.html.
RESOURCES (Please send information about other links.
-- the editor)
From the last issue of the newsletter
4. WHERE POPULAR
EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
March 5-6, 2010 7th Annual (Net)Working Gathering & Conference on Women & Literacy WELEARN, University of Rhode Island, Feinstein Providence Campus, Providence RI (Mar 4, 2010 Special Gathering 1:00 – 4:30 pm: Journeys to the Center: Spiritual Supports for Our Teaching & Learning) http://www.litwomen.org/welearn.html
March 5-7, 2010 REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH: Economic and Environmental Justice from Indigenous and Faith Perspectives (A conference which draws on faith traditions to present alternatives in the context of the global economic crisis) Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph St, Vancouver (Coast Salish Territory), British Columbia, Canada http://www.interfaithjustpeace.org/program.php
June 3-6, 2010 The 16th Annual Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference: Flex and Flexibility:When to bend? When to stretch? When to engage? Austin, Texas, (with pre and post-conference workshops) http://www.ptoweb.org/conference.html
June 22-26, 2010 US Social Forum: Another World Is Possible, Another US Is Necessary, Detroit MI http://www.ussf2010.org/ussf2
5. FOR LINKS TO
POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES click
A Google search for "popular education" produces an
interesting list that is more focused than it has been in the
Also the wikipedia entry
for popular education is interesting and in the opinion of this
newsletter, needs some revising and additions. Finally, the
International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) has important global
links to the work.
OF THE MONTH
At every crossroads there are three choices.
7. IN MINNESOTA
Planning continues for these Events in
Minnesota in 2010
(For information about participating in planning for these send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Multilingual Capacity Building with Roberto Tijerina, formerly on the staff of the Highlander Center
- Gathering on the Vision of Folk Education and Folk Schools for Community Building and Democracy
- Follow-up Workshop on Popular Education for Recipients of the Library in a Box.
- Mobilizing participation and a delegation to the US social Forum