There is really no avoiding the grandiose, often idealistic, language associated with the connected fields of education and social action. Â I do not believe these lofty aims are simply the machinations of politicians and fundraisers; rather (for the most part), they are the noble intentions of individuals exercising in a post-industrial construct. Â I have fallen prey to my own lofty, heroic ideals on numerous occasions, and can still sense their sirenâ€™s call when standing in front of a classroom full of students, or auditorium full of educators. Â Unlike many who proffer plans on how to â€śchange the world,â€ť I have had the beautifully brutal experience of seeing my most well-intentioned plans crumble in a red cloud of African dust.
After living with a group of orphans in Thoera, Mozambique, a tiny village near the Zambezi River, I found myself in the most epic heroic narrative of my life. (more…)